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Statewide exams for grades three through eight are coming up next week, and the superintendent of Evanston schools is advising students to go to bed early and eat a good breakfast.

The advice came in a letter Friday from Evanston/Skokie District 65 Superintendent Hardy Murphy to families with students in the district’s schools.

The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (the dreaded ISAT exam) will be given in district schools between March 11 and 22, the letter said.

Students in grades 4 and 7 are tested in reading, mathematics, and science, while students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 8 are tested in reading and mathematics.

“Because these tests are important to help assess student learning and the effectiveness of the district’s instructional programs,” Murphy said, “we ask that you try to avoid discretionary student absences and reschedule any during-the-school-day appointments for after March 22.”

While he promised that the teachers and district staff will do their best to provide “an optimal school environment” for the tests, Murphy urged parents to ensure that their kids get a good night’s sleep and that they begin the day with breakfast.

Also, he advised that you let “your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability.”

The district relies upon the test data to determine how well they’re doing in comparison with other districts, and it uses test data to evaluate the performance of teachers.

Test results are typically available to share with parents in the fall, Murphy added.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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