Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) testing kicked off this week … and “kickoff” is the right term, when discussing what transpired at Hoover Middle School in preparation for the annual exams.
The MEAP is testing in grades three, four, five, six, seven, eight and nine. The testing was first given in Michigan in 1970. Depending on the grade level, the test measures mathematics, reading, science and social studies.
Third and eighth-graders were tested on Tuesday and Wednesday, while fourth and seventh graders were tested on Thursday. The testing will continue Oct. 15-16.
The importance of the standardized testing was not lost on anyone at Hoover. On Monday, the Hoover Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Bergler, marched through the halls of the school and led the entire student body into the gym for an assembly.
Students enjoyed the performance and were told how important the tests were.
TIPS FOR THE TEST:
There are plenty of ways to prepare your child to perform at his or her best. Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Children of this ages need about 10 hours of sleep a night. Make sure that your child is well rested on all school days – and especially the day of a test.
Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.
In addition, give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind. Please feed your child a good breakfast. The Taylor School District provides breakfast (which may be reduced or free). Make sure your child is not hungry. High protein meals are recommended.
Testing goes on ALL DAY! Get your child to school on time each day. Avoid scheduling medical, dental or other appointments on MEAP testing days. Research shows students do better when tested with their class than in a make-up session.
Students who are late to school on test dates will not be admitted into the tests.
For more on the MEAP, click here to go directly to the Michigan Department of Education website.