NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Taking tests can be stressful, especially for elementary school students taking a Standards of Learning (SOL) test.
Laurie Holley and other teachers at Deer Park Elementary School came together to create a supportive video to encourage students before the big test.
The message tells students they are so much more than a test score.
Holley captioned the video, "Our first SOL test is tomorrow and my students are ready! But.... I think it's important that kids know there are so many MORE AWESOME things about them than their just test scores. Thanks to my awesome coworkers, we were able to get that message across!"
Holley made the video for a SOL pep rally for the 4th-grade class on Monday. The celebration included a multiplication fact tournament, skits from teachers about testing strategies, and a homophone race!
Students at the pep rally even got the chance to compete against their parents to answer test-formatted questions. It ended with students running through a tunnel of cheering parents.
Talk about encouragement!
The standardized tests are given to students from 3rd grade through 12th grade. According to the Virginia Department of Education, the test results inform parents and communities about whether students are meeting the commonwealth’s expectations for achievement in English, mathematics, science, and history.
For more information about Virginia's SOL tests, click here.
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