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Plenty of Sleep and a Good Breakfast Helpful with NeSA Testing

After many week of preparing for the NeSA (Nebraska State Accountability) tests, Maywood students finally get to put their hard work to use. From April 13th through April 24th, Maywood students will be taking a series of tests in the following areas: Math, Science and Reading. Grades 3 - 8, and 11 are impacted by NeSA. Special rooms have been set up that are quiet, comfortable and conducive to testing. Some simple ways to prepare for big tests like NeSA is to get a good night’s sleep the night before and to eat a nutritious breakfast the day of. Even if your child is not a "breakfast person," encouraging them to eat even a piece of toast with peanut butter and a glass of milk or juice, will give them the much-needed mental energy to focus on tests. 

NeSA was first used in 2009 and now most states use statewide tests. Nebraska’s NeSA is part of a statewide testing initiative to link assessments to revised Nebraska state standards, and provide better reporting on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as a required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The NeSA scores are a way of ranking, or comparing schools across the state. There can be consequences for schools that continue to score near the bottom of rankings. For instance, if a school consistently scores poorly on the NeSA test, employees’ jobs may be on the line. More importantly, however, performing well on the tests has a positive impact on students’ lives. When students see improvement in their scores on assessments like NeSA and MAPS, it raises their self-confidence, and shows them that hard work and determination can make a difference. Students begin to see their successes directly related to the amount of effort they put forth.  That is why it’s very important that teachers, students and parents work together to improve achievement scores.  This gives your mind rest and energy to think hard for the day’s tests. If you would like to learn more, the following video link provides good information about the basics of NeSA.