Students just getting over the Monday morning “blahs” will be getting down to business Tuesday as Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) testing begins across the district.

According to Dr. Joyce Anderson, director of testing/curriculum for Stephenville ISD, district instructors have “gone well beyond the call of duty” to prepare all students for testing. Now, success is up to the students and parents.

“If students have been fortunate enough to have been in the district since the beginning of the school year, they have been well prepared,” Anderson said.

Anderson said the spring assessment is mandated by the state and students should remain aware that their progression depends on passing the exam.

Testing for grades 3, 5, 8 and 9 will begin Tuesday with the reading portion of the exam, grades 4 and 7 will be tested in writing, and grades 10 and 11 will be tested in English language arts.

Seniors who have yet to pass the English language arts portion, will be retested Tuesday. Retesting for seniors will continue through the week. Math retesting will be held Wednesday, science on Thursday and social studies on Friday.

Anderson said there is no last minute cramming or preparation, as far as books and lessons are concerned, that will prepare your child. She said it is “an opportunity for students to show what they have learned.” If your child has been present and paying attention, they should have the needed knowledge to score big.

“Everything that will be on the tests has been presented in the classroom,” Anderson said.

Anderson also said students in grades 3, 5 and 8 will have two more opportunities under the Student Success Initiative to pass the exam.

“We will test those grades again in April and June,” Anderson said.

There are a few tips being offered to ensure that your child leaves the house with an advantage when it comes to being physically prepared to make the mark. Administrators from Henderson Junior High sent out the following reminders:

• Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest

• Make sure your child is at school on time

• Breakfast will be provided for all students (at Gilbert Intermediate, Henderson Junior High and Stephenville High School)

• Give your child a positive word of encouragement that morning

• Due to state guided test security, students will not be allowed to leave the campus for lunch, nor will parents or guardians be allowed to eat lunch with their child. Please, no lunch deliveries on testing days.

• Check your calendar and schedule appointments around testing days.

• Make sure your child does not bring a cell phone to school on TAKS testing days. Cell phones will be taken from students on testing days.

Parents or students with questions about TAKS testing are encouraged to contact counselors at their respective campuses.