Our children’s biggest concern is never in taking the actual tests, but in letting us down. They are anxious about not hitting the mark. Wow! Interestingly, these ideas are completely of their own making. We, as their parents, have been very clear about this having no bearing on their grades, their advancement, or our relationship with them. This is simply a test to see how well I do as their teacher. This is more a testing of my own ability and our current resources, than of their skill.
To help ease the apprehension, we took a few important steps to make testing run more smoothly: