Math State Exams: Spotlight on Grace Abshire (7th Grade) and Ms. Scheide (6th Grade Math Teacher)!

Ms. Scheide:

Q: What should students do to get ready for the state test?
A: We’ve been preparing all year, so we don’t really put focus on the test, but the day of, and the day before, rest, good breakfast, and just a review of your sixth grade skills. I don’t think anybody’s going to have a problem.

Q: Do the tests really affect the students?
A: the seventh grade test scores are used sometimes to evaluate for high school acceptance. sixth grade test scores are sometimes used by the seventh grade teachers to direct their instruction to see where kids are, and where they can pick up at the start of the seventh grade curriculum.

Q: Is there anything you would change about the state test?
A: I would say goodbye to them, and get rid of them, if I could.

Grace Abshire:

Q: What do you think about the state test?
A: I think that the math state test is a great way for students to impress high schools on their applications, and that can help build their futures. So it’s basically the building blocks of our education. Studying for it can also boost our grades, so that’s really helpful too.

Q: What do you do to get ready for the state test?
A: I like to memorize different strategies for solving equations so if I get stuck, I can try it a different way.

Q: Is there anything you’d change about the state test (other than not having it)?
A: I would make most of it multiple choice, or not have us explain our answers, because if we got it right, we clearly understand the math.

Q: What are some strategies that you use?
A: Note cards. Definitely note cards.

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