Westview Elementary

Hello. I hope everyone is doing well and having an awesome experience at Westview. We continue to look for even more ways families and teachers can work together to nurture lifelong learners.

Indiana and other states across America are focusing on standardized testing as a way to determine if students are meeting state standards. There are often many questions about standardized testing so hopefully I can answer a few of them for you now.

Standardized tests have been used to measure student achievement and ability for many years. Over the last few years the tests have become more important than ever. The tests are used to determine if our students are meeting state standards. Students need to pass exams to graduate from high school. This is also an important tool to help you measure how well your child is learning.

Standardized tests can help schools evaluate school programs, report on student progress, diagnose a student’s strengths and weaknesses, and design an instructional program to meet an individual student’s needs. Testing can help parents see how their child is progressing academically and see how their child’s school achievement compares with other students nationally and locally.

We use the following measures at Westview:
IREAD 3, NWEA, ISTEP+, Pearson Success Net, CogAT and WIDA for English Language Learners.

We can all help children score better on tests. As a parent you can do some of the following:

  • Find out when tests are given. Write the date on the calendar. Avoid scheduling appointments or trips during these times.
  •  Ask your child’s teacher what you can do at home. Before testing the teacher might ask you to review math facts or read social studies terms, for example.
  •  Read, Read, Read. The easiest and best way to prepare your child for doing well on tests is to encourage her/him to read.
  • The night before the test make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep.
  • Don’t be too anxious, but make sure your child knows it is important to do her/his best
  • Remind your child to check her/his answers carefully.

Remember that a test is like a snap shot. It is a one-time look at a child’s performance. All children have skills and knowledge that tests do not measure. A single test score does not tell you everything about a child. Decisions about a child should never be based on the results of a single test.



Tammy Rhoades


Important Dates and Information:
2-26 to 3-9 ISTEP Part I --Math and English Grades 3&4 Science Grade 4 Paper/Pencil Exam
3-12 to 3-16 IREAD Grade 3 Computers
4-16 to 5-2 ISTEP Part II--Math and English Grades 3&4 Science Grade 4 Computers

Test Taking Tips for Students:

* Read the question before you look at the answers.

* Eliminate answers you know aren't right.

* If you do not know the answer, make a smart guess and select an answer.

* Mark your answers carefully.

* Make sure you work at a pace that will give you enough time to finish the test. If you get stuck on a question, move on and come back to it later. Never leave anything blank.

If you have time left, go back and check your answers. Reread the question and ask yourself the following things:

  • “Did I answer the question(s) asked?”
  • “Did I give evidence from the text?”
  • “Does my answer make sense?”
  • “Did I show my work?’
  • “Did I put the answer in the answer blank?”

Test Taking Tips for Parents/Guardians:

* Praise your child for the things he or she does well, and be supportive of his or her efforts, especially in are-as or activities that are challenging. Kids who feel good about themselves and their abilities - and who aren't fearful about making mistakes - will feel more confident and less anxious when taking the test.

* Talk with your child about what they're doing in class and ask what he or she is reading. Studies show that kids who talk with their families on a weekly basis about school and what they read score higher on the na-tional standardized reading test than kids who talk about these things with their families less often.

* Limit your child's TV time. Studies show that kids who watch fewer than three hours of television a day scored higher on the national reading test than those who watch more.

* Express a positive attitude about the test and confidence in your child's ability to do well on it. Research shows that parents' and teachers' attitudes influence children's attitudes. So if you're upbeat and encouraging about the test, your child is likely to feel good about it.

* Encourage your child to read-newspapers, magazines, food labels, recipes, letters, and instructions, in addi-tion to fiction and non-fiction books. Test makers draw on a wide variety of formats when choosing items to evaluate reading comprehension skills.

* Reassure your child that test scores are only one measure of his or her abilities, not the whole picture. Don't judge your child on the basis of his or her test score.

* Ensure that your child gets a good night's sleep the night before the test and eats a nutritious breakfast the day of the test. 8-10 hours of sleep is recommended.



A few general reminders about procedural items.

Students need to be in class and ready to begin their daily activities at 7:50. Our dismissal time is 2:40 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We dismiss at 1:40 on Tuesday. We need for all our students to be here daily and on time. Attendance is a priority at Westview. Please schedule all appointments after school hours.  

Please remember to drive safely especially during drop off and pick up times. We have many wonderful kids and we need your support to help keep our school safe. If you are in a hurry and do not have time to wait, I suggest that you do not pull into the circle drive. There are alternative drop-off locations available; these options include dropping off your child at the corner or on one of the side streets. If you need to come into the building to talk with one of us, please park your car in a parking spot.  

         When we have a two-hour delay, school will start at 9:50. Breakfast is not served when we are on a two-hour delay. You can access school closings/delays by going to the Richmond Community Schools web site, listening to the radio, or watching television.