STANDARDIZED TESTS are held in the school during the month of May. Parents may find our article about testing informative.
Click on THIS link to download information for parents from the NCCA about what test scores tell us about a child’s performance on the day.
The Drumcondra Reading Test has been revised. We’ve been told it is a harder test. We expect children’s scores with drop. We cannot compare your child’s scores this year to last year as these are two different tests, so it would be like comparing ‘apples and oranges’.
If you are concerned about your child’s progress in reading, we’d recommend Readtheory.org for comprehension. Freerice.com for vocabulary development. But more than anything else we recommend reading.
Children’s reading ability slips back over the summer. This is referred to as ‘the Summer Slide’. Encourage your child to read over the Summer. We’d recommend that your child participates in the Greystones library’s Annual Summer Reading Challenge’.
Finally it is important to remember that standardised tests can’t measure so many things: a child’s creativity, depth of character, diligence and determination – and so much more. Tests can’t measure success because learning is a journey in life. Practice always makes progress.
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