Here are some suggestions to help you
- Be sure to read carefully all the students in your room. Know that half will arrive hungry and give them a snack. BANANAS for everyone! Know to preempt the drama getting starting in homeroom before the negative mojo seeps into test-taking time. Know when they're feeling tired and need an encouraging smile. Know when your antsy child is starting to flip out from sitting so long and suggest a (fully supervised) trip to the bathroom just to give them a chance to walk around. Know when they are all flagging and need another piece of gum.... Know when they are frustrated and need a Hershey's kiss - or two - or three......
- Plan your time before and after the test. Before the test, keep activities studious but not too strenuous so they'll be calm but still at optimal energy levels. Make sure they can walk around, use the restroom and sharpen those #2 pencils. After the test, make sure they have a book to read in case they finish well before the 90 minutes are up. Which they will. By like an hour. :-| When the test is over, hope for good weather and release them outside to play. Or......watch a movie. Or both! Our class voted to watch Rango streamed through my Netflix account - a nice loooooong movie which lasted us through most of the post-testing doldrums. (Yes, we still did actual work in the afternoons.)
Read each question carefullyActually, no. You can't do that. God forbid you actually know if the content you taught matches what was tested. Or if the questions were so twisted that even if students mastered the standards, some bizarre wording or convoluted mathematical task confused them. Ahem.