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Roanoke County students prepare for SOL tests

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ROANOKE COUNTY, VA - The window opens next week for students to start taking SOL tests across Virginia.

4th grader Emily Dalton is just one of the thousands of students across our area getting ready for SOL testing.

"They kind of go back to review things. We do centers, flipcharts, groups to help us understand things," said Dalton.

"The kids get really nervous around this time of year. They know they're important tests and want to do well and that's great because we want them  to strive for excellence. However they know that they're important so they're also nervous and scared a little bit," said Erin VandeLinde who teaches fourth grade reading and math at Glen Cove in Roanoke County. "We do feel there's a lot of pressure on us. We work really hard throughout the year to get them prepared for these tests and we know the results are reflected in our teaching whether they got it, whether they learn the information or not.  It's a very stressful time for the teachers."

At Glen Cove Elementary there will be testing going on just about every day during the month of May.

"You're not going to teach a child the entire course overnight so really getting a good mental preparation is important, making sure they have enough sleep, not just the night before the test but every night so it's consistent., "said Ben Williams the Roanoke County Associate Director of Testing and Remediation.

He says:
-make sure your kids get a good breakfast
-don't send them sick because there are makeup tests
-provide support at home as they bring home reviews

"If they're struggling in a particular section help the teacher by working with the child on those sections so that we can really be collaborative with the parents in terms of making this a good experience for their child," said Williams.

Glen Cove had spirit week this week where the students and teachers dressed up during theme days wearing western, cammo and bling. The 4th graders also wrote notes of encouragement to older students. The students said it helped them get excited about testing.

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