However exhausted they should be, I will tell you, they certainly do impress me. They seem focused, confident, and patient. They have stamina to stay the course far longer than I think I would. I know the reason they are so prepared is by the careful design of each of their teachers. Each teacher, from Kindergarten on, has prepared them for this high stakes assessment day, for this content, problem solving, and testing taking.
Preparing students for success by practicing test taking relaxes children, eliminates test anxiety, and ultimately gives you a clear picture of the child's actual content knowledge. After all, isn't that truly what everyone wants to know?