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Standardized testing doesn't just stress out students

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - We know standardized testing can be stressful on students, but it can also affect teachers' stress levels.  Here is how one school helps get the students and teachers prepared for testing.

"My job as a teacher I think is to prepare them," said Jenny Hollis.

Preparing students with lessons needed in the classroom and the real world. For Paragould High School English teacher Jenny Hollis, she says the stress lies, in part, in making sure her students are prepared for day to day lessons and standardized testing.

"Ultimately those standardized tests are geared toward helping them get prepared for whatever comes after high school," said Hollis.

Hollis says seeing how students are progressing throughout the year helps relieve some stress.  It allows her to identify and address needs some students might be having.

"If one teacher has really great ideas on how to help their kids in that particular area, then we share those ideas and then we work together.   That collaboration has really been beneficial," said Hollis.

"Students here take 8 formative assessments in math and literacy," said Debbie Smith.

Debbie Smith is the Federal Programs Coordinator and Math Specialist with the Paragould School District says teachers can get the results from the assessments the same day.

"They want to know if the students have succeeded.   If they have not, they want to know where, and they want to know why and want to try and correct it," said Smith.

Smith adds teachers, principals, and administrators analyze the data from each student to see where the needs are.

"I think it empowers the teacher because it gives them the knowledge of how their students are doing individually when they go into the testing season," said Smith.    

Smith says test data analysis is ongoing--even during summer break.  It allows for constant communication to develop intervention and instructional strategies.

"Just having those module tests and sending us to specific professional development to help us know how to help our kids.   That's really helped me this year," said Hollis.

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