Some students in the Sioux Falls School District will start Common Core testing on Tuesday and for the first time; the tests will be on Chromebooks instead of pencil and paper.
Students in grades three through eight and 11th grade will be taking the tests across the entire state. Parents can help students prepare for the big tests, but not in the way you might think.
Chromebooks across the Sioux Falls School District will be busy in the next few weeks as students start tackling Common Core testing. While some students and parents might be concerned about the tests, the Sioux Falls School District is confident what they have taught the students this year will have them prepared.
"Sometimes teachers or parents ask me what can we can do, what type of test prep is there? Actually I tell them good teaching, each and every day is the best test prep for students," Director of Curriculum Instruction and Staff Development Sharon Schueler said.
Math, English and Science will be on the tests, but not every student will be taking on all three subjects. The window for testing in Sioux Falls goes from March 25 until May 2. The test takes around three to four hours to complete and each school in the district has set its own testing time and date.
"Some students, perhaps, will test in the morning with scheduled breaks. Others will test, perhaps, start in the morning with one, give them a break, come back in the afternoon," Schueler said.
For parents that are trying to help their students prepare for the test, they might be able to help without ever helping with schoolwork.
"To provide support whether it starts with a good breakfast, a good night's sleep or a quiet place at home to do their homework," Schueler said.