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Focus on Stamina and State Tested Standards

With NWEA school assessments quickly approaching, we want to make sure you feel prepared.

The math portion of the state test is divided into 4 strands. Most of the questions, about 48%, will be over Numbers and Operations. Since that's about half of the test, it's a great starting point for review and preparation! Below, you will find resources for your child to begin daily practice on each type of question that will fall under Number and Operations. Daily practice will help students better understand and build confidence, but also help you, the LC, see any possible gaps that need addressed and remediated before the testing day.


*Click on the yellow, grade level bar and it will take you to the Math Frameworks where you will see descriptions of what is expected for each of the topics listed. Click on one of the blue words to practice on that topic.*

Number Sense: Compare & Order Whole Number , Place Value , Expanded Format

Number Operations: Multiplication Fluency, Multiplication Arrays, Division, Rounding

Fractions: Number lines, Identify Fractions, Compose & Decompose Fractions

Money: Money Word Problems, Least Number of Coins, Counting Money


Parent, Student and Teacher Guides provide a list of test-taking tips, objectives covered in the test, practice tests. Discuss these materials with your student to help them prepare for the tests.

Number Operations: Multi-Step Word Problems, Estimate Products, Multiplication Fluency

Rational Numbers: Pair Decimals & Fractions, Decompose a Fraction, Equivalent Fractions

Money: Counting Change, Counting Change


Parent, Student and Teacher Guides provide a list of test-taking tips, objectives covered in the test, practice tests. Discuss these materials with your student to help them prepare for the tests.

Division of Multi-Digit Numbers:Decimal Quotients, Division with Remainders, Word Problems,

Fractions & Decimals: Order Decimals & Fractions, Compare Fractions, Decimals & Fractions, Compare Decimals

Add & Subtract Rational Numbers: Decimal Place Value, Estimate Sums & Differences, Unlike Denominators


Parent, Student and Teacher Guides provide a list of test-taking tips, objectives covered in the test, practice tests. Discuss these materials with your student to help them prepare for the tests.

Ready to jump in and take a practice test? Click on the yellow bar below to start preparing for the state tests. Practicing will help build your student's reading stamina before the big testing day. This website has both math and reading practice tests. Just choose your grade and subject to get started.

Reading Stamina

Building Reading Stamina

Being able to stick with something for an extended period of time is referred to as having stamina. A student with reading stamina is able to read independently and focus for long periods of time. Reading stamina is needed for your child to be able to stay focused and be successful on state tests.


Here are some ideas from Reading Rockets on how to help your student develop reading stamina:


  1. Change up how your student reads. "Read to himself, read to someone, and listen to reading."
  2. Choose books that your child can read by themselves.
  3. Set goals. Elementary students can start around 10-15 minutes and increase this time every week.
  4. Celebrate progress by sharing about your book and planning a visit to pick out a new book.
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How Do I Help My Student Build Reading Stamina?

Reading at Home with Gail Boushey has tips and you can follow along here to start by building 10 mins of stamina.
Build 10 minutes of Reading Stamina at Home | Reading at Home 5/9

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Barbie Sloan

OVCA Standards Specialist

SY 2020 - 2021