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This semester has been testing me from midterms to presentations to case studies. I need some TLC!
Somehow I managed to still get all A’s in my second semester of grad school and I thought I’d share some strategies to manage test anxiety for my fellow students.
One of the worst cases of test anxiety I ever had was in middle school. I remember we had to take an assessment to determine are reading level.
I believe it was either the FCAT or FSA but anyways I was so stressed out my palms were sweating. I kept staring at the clock and changing my answers during the test and as you can imagine I ended up not passing the test.
I had to take intensive reading in 7th and 8th grade and for those of you who are familiar with that class it is designed with testing in mind.
Literally the whole course is designed to for test prep and no fun whatsoever. everything that I wasn’t receiving in a normal classroom environment because apparently you’re supposed to already know this somehow if you have private tutors and access to study advanced skills.
According to UNCF, in 2015, the average reading score for white students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 4th and 8th grade exam was “26 points higher than black students. Similar gaps are apparent in math. The 12th grade assessment also show alarming disparities as well, with only seven percent of black students performing at or above proficient on the math exam in 2015, compared to 32 percent white students.”
There is a major disparity for African American students to gain access to college-ready resources.
Even when black students do have access to honors or advanced placement courses, they are vastly underrepresented in these courses.
Black and Latino students represent “38 percent of students in schools that offer AP courses, but only 29 percent of students enrolled in at least one AP course. Black and Latino students also have less access to gifted and talented education programs than white students.”
I can tell you from personal experience I had to climb my way up the latter from intensive reading to standard English to honors courses until I started taking AP Lang.
I was discouraged and disheartened to find no Black teachers in any of the AP classes offered at my high school. Even less Black students in my actual classes.
My guidance counselors also tried to persuade me to quit but I kept pushing because I knew this was bigger than me and more African America students need a seat at the table.