On Test Day
• Ensure your child eats a good breakfast — Studies show that children perform better at school when they aren’t hungry. It’s important to give your child a good breakfast at home or ask your child’s school about options for breakfast. As long as your child arrives before the bell, most schools offer breakfast and some schools offer breakfast in the classroom.
• Help your child get enough sleep — Your child will need to have a good night’s rest to perform well on the test. Children ages 7 to 12 need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night, while children ages 12 to 18 need 8 to 9 hours. Make sure bedtime the night before the test is early enough to provide enough sleep.
• Dress your child in comfortable clothing — Students will sit for long periods of time when takings tests, and it’s important they feel comfortable in what they are wearing so they focus on the test rather than their clothing.
• Prepare the night before — Lay out clothes and school supplies the night before the test to create a smooth morning routine. It’s important for your child to feel calm and organized as they prepare for a test.
Stand for Children includes parents, teachers and community members who are working together to ensure that all children, regardless of their income, race or zip code, graduate from high school prepared for and with access to a college education. For more information about Stand for Children, go to www.standforchildren.com/oklahoma.