TCAP Student Preparations

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NORTH JACKSON — Parents and teachers are making last minute preparations to help students avoid the dreaded test anxiety that comes with the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program better known as TCAP. “The state provides us with practice tests and our friends in our classroom practice those tests. We practice as if it was the regular TCAP. We do this so that when the TCAP test does come around then our children feel at ease whenever they are testing.” Lisa Bond, 3rd Grade Reading and Language Arts Teacher. The test can be tedious and pain staking for students. Portions of the TCAP can last up to 2 hours. Teachers say they try to add hands-on activities to get students focused. “We play a lot of games to make it fun and not as boring,” Dana Helton, 3rd Grade Reading Teacher said. “That adds an extra dimension in there so they are willing to learn.” Some Jackson-Madison County District teachers gear there lessons toward real life situations so students can connect to material. Teachers say this helps ease students’ nerves, because they know that they have done something similar before. “I am not very scared about taking TCAP because I have studied and my teachers have taught me well. I’ve studied and I’ve tried to do my best on what I’ve done.” Joanna Veltman, 3rd Grade student, said. The overall goal, administrators say, is to have students prepared, focused and in control when they take the test. Keys to success are always a good night’s sleep and good breakfast. Testing runs from April 28 to May 2.

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