As spring is on the horizon many people around the state prepare for the season by hauling out the patio furniture, scrubbing their pools and cleaning their houses. For many students across the state spring means AIMS testing! The state standardized testing measure happens every year during the spring season to assess a student’s progress during the current academic school year. This test is an important part of how to measure the effectiveness and accountability of curriculum, instruction, and student progress. For some students, the results of this test can dictate whether a student will move on to the next grade level. Students and teachers arduously work throughout the year in order to grow, learn and prepare for the AIMS test. Parents can also contribute to helping their child prepare for the test each year.
- Determine if your child needs testing accommodations- Many students struggle with a learning disability and require extra help in completion of the AIMS test. If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability some of the testing aids available are the use of readers, scribes, extended time, and paraphrased instructions. To qualify for these aids, your child must be diagnosed and be currently placed on an Individualized Education Plan or (IEP).
- Use standardized preparation materials- There are many materials on-line that can help your child prepare for the AIMS test including practice tests and commercial test preparation programs. To obtain this information please visit
- Long Term Preparation- Cramming for the AIMS test can actually do more harm than good. Make sure you work with your child throughout the school year with good study habits and appropriate learning strategies and challenges. Creating study groups and developing a nice area in your home for studying can benefit your child.
- Avoid Pressure- Students carry a great deal of pressure when going to school with the consistent thought that they will fail at something. Instead of loaded words to increase performance on AIMS simply state the importance of the test but tell your child you support their efforts no matter what the outcome.
- Get proper rest, physical activity and nutrition before the test- Eight hours of sleep, exercise and a good meal are essential in the everyday learning process and they are especially important during testing times. A student should come to school alert, energized and prepared to test. If possible take advantage of the spring weather and get some of that needed exercise every child and family needs. These simple strategies will help your child prepare for the day.