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Stressed about EOGs? Some tips

Posted May 15, 2011

Editor's Note: We're in the midst of testing season for students across North Carolina. Kids are sharpening their pencils for the End of Grade tests. So I checked in with the parents consultants at NC Parent Consultants for some survival tips. Here's what Michelle Chackes, a licensed clinical social worker, shared.

Are EOGs on your mind? How stressed should you be about them? How do you help your child be prepared for the EOGs?

The End of Grade tests are the common practice for students starting from third grade and up. They can be very stressful for some children.

It is important that parents realize that these tests are not anything your child can "cram" or prepare for. Instead, the test is only looking at the accumulation of skills and knowledge learned throughout the school year. There are practice EOGs your child's teacher may have given or will be giving to the class. If they do, then just treat it like any homework your child brings home and take on a "do your best work" attitude.

Here are some simple ways to help your child have successful testing days.

  • Set an early bedtime for the nights prior to the tests.
  • Prepare a nutritious breakfast for your child on the morning of tests.
  • Make sure your child is present and on time on test days.Students may not be allowed to enter classrooms once testing has begun.
  • Make sure your child takes his/her regular medication, if necessary.

If your child seems overly stressed by the EOGs, talk to their teacher and remind your child that the testing is a way for the school to see how well they are doing at their job of teaching. The child's job is to only do their very best!

For more information about NC Parent Consultants or to make an appointment for parent consultation, go to or call (919) 336 - 5407


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  • AWakeMom May 16, 2011

    I work in the school system, and here's the bottom line. They can fail an EOG or EOC and still pass if they've done well all year. For your child to fail a grade they have to go before the retention committee. School don't want high "failing" looks like they aren't doing their job.

  • kellypratz May 16, 2011

    All I can tell my daughter, is do your best, that's all you do.

  • momnay May 16, 2011

    The teachers stress the kids out by emphasising how not to stress! I went to an "informative" parent meeting where they gave the parents tips and helps. List of words the kids are supposed to look for, how to evaluate the test questions, etc - it was very overwhelming and then they said - "be sure your tell your child to just relax and do their best". There are so many issues with these test, hard to know where to even start.

  • Lab mom May 16, 2011

    My daughter is already stressed about this and we still have a week to go.