From May 26 to June 6 2014,  Ontario students in grades 3 and 6 will be writing the annual EQAO assessments.

Although the results of the EQAO assessments do not count towards your child's grade, they can reveal important clues about your child's learning, where he or she is achieving success, or where he or she may need additional help.

Writing the EQAO assessment can be a stressful time for you and your child so the Education, Quality and Accountability Office offers these tips for kids in grade 6, so you can help them prepare, and support their learning throughout the year:

Preparing for the EQAO:
  • Know what to expect: You can view sample tests on EQAO’s website to get familiar with the structure of the test and the type of questions that will be asked. The assessments are 100% based on the curriculum, so rest easy, kids shouldn’t see anything on them that they haven’t already seen in class.
  • Don't stress out: The EQAO results don’t count on your child's grade 6 report card. The results give schools information about where students are achieving well, and where they need more support, so schools can improve their programs.
  • Students just need to show what they know. The assessment is an opportunity for your child to demonstrate his or her skills in reading, writing and math. There are no negative repercussions on students no matter how they perform.
Supporting Your Child's Learning Before and After EQAO:
  • Talk with your child daily about what he or she is reading.

○Talk about how the people and situations in the book are similar to or different from your own experiences.

○Ask your child for his or her opinion about how situations and problems are resolved in different texts.

  • Listen to your child read aloud.

○Have your child explain how the author uses words and images to create people and events that are believable and ideas that are persuasive.

  • Have your child read his or her writing aloud and talk about:

○the words and phrases that are confusing and those that make the meaning clear.

○how to group ideas into well-developed paragraphs that make the main idea clear.

○which linking words help the reader follow the sequence of ideas.

  • Have your child help you solve everyday problems and talk about how your child can use what he or she is learning in mathematics.
  • Play games that require a variety of reasoning skills (e.g., identifying relationships among numbers, grouping and classifying information, estimating, comparing answers to questions).
  • Have your child solve a problem in different ways and talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • Talk about the importance of mathematics in everyday activities.
  • For more about the assessments, the Education Quality and Accountability Office has a series of videos online, or check out the EQAO Parent Resources.
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