The Mid-Term Exams are finished. Parents, you may notice a sudden decline in your child's English B test score. There is a very good reason for this. This year, I changed the format of my English B test. In previous years, my English B test was multiple choice: answers ABCD. From this year, my English B test requires students to WRITE the answer.
The actual test really isn't harder than before. In fact, one first grader and one second grader got perfect scores on their mid-term tests. It's just that if the student doesn't know the answer, they can't simply guess. This has resulted in some of the most shocking low test scores ever.
I would also like to say that although there wasn't a perfect score on the third grade test, it wasn't for lack of trying. ALL of my third graders did IMPRESSIVELY WELL on my test. This particular test was quite difficult, and it's not surprising to me that nobody had a perfect score. However, overall, my third graders did outstandingly on their test. I'm supremely proud of them.
I'm also extremely proud of my first and second graders who studied SO hard and did so well on their test.
So, how can students improve their score? Easy:
1. They should do their homework on time.
2. They should read each reading packet at least twice. I advise them to read it, wait three days, then read it again.
3. Listen in class. When I'm talking, the students shouldn't be talking because they'll miss something ... usually the answer to a test question.
4. Study, study, study.
Parents of my high school students, please don't worry about the students' test scores. My high school students did AWESOMELY on their test. I couldn't be more proud. No, not everybody finished the test. No, not everybody did perfectly. But I was VERY proud of how they did. The students who joined NELP from SELP have really shown me that NELP is where they belong. All of my students have been working really hard and they've really impressed me a lot, all of them.
My tests usually have a broad range of scores, from low to high. This is often shocking for students who are new to NELP, whether they are elementary school students joining first grade, or SELP students who entered NELP from junior high second grade or high school. When they enter NELP, however, these students who were often among the best students in their English classes before coming to NELP suddenly see the worst grades they've ever had in English, and those NUMBERS can be disheartening.
Certainly, a few of my junior high second graders SHOULD be shocked right now, and MUST do better in the future: and you know who you are!
But the rest of the students are doing just great: especially my high school students, who are just awesome.