Students More Anxious About State Tests Than Others


A survey of school psychologists in New York suggests the statewide English and math tests given each spring make students more anxious than any other tests.

The New York State School Boards Association report released Friday says that fewer than half of all students are physically affected by testing. But about 60 percent of the 222 psychologists surveyed believe anxiety has increased since the state tests were aligned with Common Core standards.

Teacher and parent expectations were identified as the biggest source of the anxiety. The report recommends that students be taught test-taking strategies now to reduce stress, rather than right before the state tests.