Note to 5th Grade Parents:

October 11, 2012

 Dear Parents of 5th Graders,

Each year West Clermont School District is required by the State of Ohio to test students at certain grade levels for a variety of reasons.  This year, the district has decided to use the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) and Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) to assess 5th grade students. The data obtained from testing are used to identify gifted children and to help schools and teachers adjust instruction in the classroom to meet the needs of students. The results also help us identify areas of strength and weaknesses for Amelia Elementary.    

 Testing will take place from October 15 to October 19. The schedule for testing varies because the length of each test varies from day to day. Therefore, it is important that students be in attendance the entire day.

 We are hoping the following suggestions will help your child do his/her very best:

 1.  Get plenty of sleep.

2.  Eat a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast.

3.  Do not be absent or tardy, if at all possible.  Once a test has started, we cannot allow children to enter the classroom because the tests are timed and we cannot have interruptions once the test begins.  Make up tests are sometimes not as accurate as those taken with the group.  If your child is going to have to sign out early for an appointment, we would like to know that ahead of time so that they don’t begin the test and have to quit in the middle.

 4.  Mention the upcoming tests to your children, but try to ease their anxiety by encouraging         them to do their best!  The tests are important but only one measure of a child’s overall talents.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call.



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