"I'm With You" (submitted by Tammy Caldwell, Marysville M.S.) To make the students feel supported if they take the test in a classroom that is not the content area teacher for that test subject, the math teacher (for example) folds a 3 x 5 card in half so that it stands up on their desk. Put a picture of the teacher on the card with an inspritational message, such as "You're a star!" "I know you can do it!" The card makes the students feel like their supportive teacher is with them.
"Smarties + Other Encouragements" (submitted by Kim Petersen, Lincoln M.S.) We support our test "takers" by providing them with little encouragement items such as a smarties on a card with their name on it.----A card with a piece of gum that states "stick with it". Or a pencil tip erasers taped to a piece of paper that states, "Make no mistake about it--you are the best."
Tips Posters (submitted by Laurel Robillard, Yelm M.S.) Leadership students hang posters around the school several weeks before testing. Each poster contains testing tips and strategies for success. Tips can be located on the OPSI website.