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Not showing knowledge on school tests

Onthemove1971
Onthemove1971
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I am curious how anyone is dealing with the fact that their child studies and feel confident, we sit and go over all materials and then they go to school, we use online tests and he does well and then he tests and get a C or worse??

What am I missing? Of course we go over the test, when we can ( some teachers only send answers back) to see where he is missing things.

Do you have oral tests in their 504 plan/IEP? I wonder how this would impact learning?

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Klmamma

Were not this far along yet, but oral tests is amazing idea. My son is only in K but does wonderful when I quiz him, not so wonderful when sitting with multiple choice. Even now I'd do better with an oral exam focus wise.

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Crunchby

Hum. Oddly the only thing positive about my child at the moment is her grades. I think God said if I make her get bad grades in addition to the ODD , yelling ,disrespect , aggression and now the added bonus of celiac disease, I'm going to push her mom over the edge. I know the 504 will let them have more time and take the test where there's no distractions. where is she taking the test at currently are there distractions? Does she need more time to process the questions?

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Onthemove1971

Thanks, yes our son lives with a chronic illness also.

It's not that his grades are bad it just he has to work so much harder on test.

For example, the had a final ( he is in 8th grade) and we studied all.the classes notes and he has already had parts of Chemistry and when he got the the balancing equations part he said he was fine. When he took the test he failed it. He got a C on the test but he puts in double the work.as.far as extra time, he raced through the test to get done quickly and I am sure if he had extra time he would not take advantage of he becuase he wants to move on to the next thing.

Anyway, hard to watch. I wonder of other kids were like that.

Thanks

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Crunchby

Interesting. Sorry for using her, I knew you have a son. That 'on to next' is a good way to explain it. Sounds like you've identified the key issue, now how he slow himself down? Mine, 7th grade, has to go back over the test when done, bc she races thru. She catches a lot on n that second pass. I think being 'smart' is how she defines herself. That's good, but I wish she had other interests. Hugs

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Onthemove1971

Thanks, I never thought about the 2nd pass... great idea, this why I love the advice..

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Yaya_Bear

My son had oral and unlimited test time on his 504. Since it took him longer to process and read the information or even come up with an answer right away. And the thought of it being timed also impacted his grade because he felt rushed which made him anxious. His vocabulary wasn’t as developed so some words he didn’t understand, especially in context, so someone reading it aloud made more sense to him then reading it himself which in turn produced more correct answers. I recommend it especially since it takes a lot of pressure of the child.

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anirush

My grandson's math teacher told me once that he is a quick learner, will do well on a test, but if he were to give him the same test in two weeks he probably wouldn't pass it, that his retention of information is really poor.

This goes along with the ADHD brain where thoughts are jumping around like popcorn popping. The correct medication has helped a lot.

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dubst3pM4UL

My daughter never tested well, she would do fine in class and on assignments, but get anxious for tests. Even through college this plagued her. Now she is 31 and for her job she was offered a class for free which will provide more opportunities - she's doing fine with the workload but she is already stressing about the test at the end for her certification! I realize this is no help to you Onthemove, but I am curious what others in this community can suggest...

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Mom_ADHD_Teen

Yessss~ My son is in HS. He can do a math concept a 100 times, then go to take a written test and get a C or a D.

He already gets time and a half, that does not help!

He is currently not on any meds.

Looking into counseling.

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Onthemove1971

Thanks so much! This is exactly what I needed. Our son is on meds. The class was 1st period ( cant be tired yet) and he is in counseling.

Good luck!

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Happle

My child will rush through tests no matter how much I have told her to take her time, so you are not alone.

One issue for us-I found that her concerta did not seem to be "kicking in" for a few hours (then would seem to be lasting way past the 10-12 hour period. I think that it was specific to her body/metabolism. We tried another type of stimulant and it seems to "kick in" much quicker. Just keep in mind that every body digests/metabolizes/converts at different rates.

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Faithinlove423

In your IEP, does it list specific testing guidelines (one on one time, verbally taking tests, extended time, etc)? If not, revisit it. My daughter never gets the tests right if allowed to complete them in the regular classroom setting. When it comes test time, I always inquire about the situation she’ll be in for the test. Where she will be, if there are time guidelines, is she being given her accommodations? Something that has helped us, is being allowed for someone else to write, if the assessment is not for writing. If it’s math, she can verbally tell them and they write her answers for her. It takes out the guess work for her to know which was a number goes, or get hung up on the punctuation and size of her characters. Going forward, we may even try to have her verbally dictate her own notes to a device and see if we have any success in that. Good luck!

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