ILEARN (Indiana Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network) begins on April 22 and goes through May 17 this year. We know that Spring testing can be overwhelming for some families, so we’ve come up with this list of five ways to prepare for the ILEARN right now:
- Celebrate your scholar before testing. Let your child know you are proud of them and you believe in them. Positive reinforcement can help ease testing anxiety. A little encouragement can go a long way in lessening the stress that comes with testing. Don’t let this encouragement start and stop at test times, make it a habit. How we speak to our children often determines their inner voices, how they think of themselves and the world around them. Be that positive voice for your child, always!
- Practice makes perfect. There is still time to take some practice tests online. The Indiana Department of Education has ILEARN sample testing available online for students, parents, and educators. This “Released Items Repository” can be found on the Indiana Assessment Portal. Use this tool to familiarize yourself and your child with the online testing process. According to the IDOE ILEARN FAQ, students are required to take a practice test in school before the testing begins. Be sure to ask your child how they felt and how they did on the practice exams. Practice testing can help ease anxiety for this new test. It’s also a great time to celebrate your scholar as outlined above.
- Teach your child some breathing exercises and encourage them to take a deep breath when they are working through a troubling question. You can also do this while you take those practice tests mentioned above!
- Yep, you guessed it: eat a balanced breakfast. This wouldn’t be a test-prep blog unless we reminded you of the importance a balanced breakfast can play in testing. Any amount of testing requires a large order of focus so don’t let a rumbling tummy lower your child’s ability to concentrate on the ILEARN.
- Sleep. Ensure your growing learner is well-rested before heading in for the test. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that school-age children (age 6-13) should sleep 9-11 hours per night and teenagers (age 14-17) should sleep 8-10 hours per night.