Thursday, April 11, 2013

Keep Calm and Test On

Most School Counselors act as Testing Coordinators.  I have been a coordinator for the ACTs, PSAT, PLAN, APs, and now NYS grade 5-8 ELA and Math Assessments.  I hate testing but it is a necessary evil. 

How can you be a great testing coordinator?  It's easy; plan ahead, expect last minute changes, and keep organized. 

To get ready for this year's testing, I am putting together folders for each room used for testing.  Each folder contains the following information:
  • Student Roster
  • Proctor's Responsibility Checklist
  • Answer Sheets
  • Testing In Progress Door Sign
  • Student Accommodations
  • Pencils
  • Direction Booklet
  • Materials To Return Checklist
  • Tape
  • Tissues
Really, the 5-8 Assessments are much easier to coordinate compared to AP exams.  There are fewer items to get ready.(If you would like to know more about being an ACT Coordinator and a testing site, or an AP Coordinator, send me an email and I will tell you all about it.) 


In addition to getting testing rooms ready, I also am sending a special edition newsletter to parents with some good information and reminders--change doctor appointments so they don't conflict with testing dates, get to bed early, eat a good breakfast, give words of encouragement, call the school if there is an absence on testing day, etc.  You can see a copy of my newsletter below.  If you would like a PDF version, leave a comment below.


15 comments:

  1. please send to nonchalant22@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. Please check your email. Hopefully I send the things you were looking for.

      Once again thanks for visiting The Middle School Counselor.
      Carol

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    2. please send to denham.heather@yahoo.com

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    3. Hi Heather,

      Check your email!
      Carol

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  2. Can you please send me your newsletters via email. I love the ideas!

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    1. Ceci,

      I don't have your email. You can email me at themiddleschoolcounselor@gmail.com and I will get them out to you.
      Carol

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    2. Hi! Is the pdf still available? If so, will you send it to me? theren7@hotmail.com

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  3. please send pdf to karabryte@yahoo.com
    thank you!

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  4. Please send to brightc@mehlvilleschooldistrict.net

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  5. Hi Carol,
    Woudl you mind sending your testing newsletter to jsandov1@austinisd.org, or posting it on ur facebook page. It's really neat. Good job! :) Thanks for your ideas on testing and the support. You ROCK!
    Jessica

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  6. tammiemuellerlpc@gmail.com
    I would love to have the PDF COPY.

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  7. would love to have the pdf copy! This is awesome! jmddot@yahoo.com

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  8. Can you please send me the newsletter? Also, I'd love to purchase the template if available. Please send me the TpT link....
    Liz freeman.liz@gmail.com

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  9. Please send to Ajustice@wcboe.org

    Thanks in advance!!

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  10. Hello! Your site is so rich and full of information for school counselors! Please send me the newsletter in PDF format tflint1009@gmail.com Thank you in advance!

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