Parental Notification

<School Name>

Test Anxiety Reduction Program

Re: your child ___________________________

Our school now screens for high test anxiety, which affects about 20% of students.  High anxiety reduces short-term memory, increases mistakes, and lowers test performance by about 12 percentile points (or about a half of a letter grade).

Your child scored _____ on our school test anxiety screening scale (see below)

3.0 – 3.4 = moderately high test anxiety
3.5 – 3.9 = high test anxiety
4.0 – 5.0 = extremely high test anxiety

Reliable test anxiety reduction procedures have been available for several decades. The better interventions reduce test anxiety for up to 80% of highly anxious students, and improve test scores on average by about 6 percentile points (or three tenths of a letter grade).

We are now offering an anxiety reduction program to our highly anxious students. The program uses a test anxiety reduction CD, which takes about 30 minutes. The CD is found to reduce test anxiety for 80–90% of test anxious students and to provide about the same three tenths of a grade benefit that is attained through lengthier treatments. We will assess its benefits.

Students who review the CD usually find it pleasant, and most report being quite relaxed through most of the training. Your youngster will be asked review the CD twice at school, and may review the cd at home as well, as needed.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you would prefer that your youngster not participate.

Yours,

<Principal, Academic Dean, Head of Counseling> (as you choose)
<phone number>