It was tough, but he had the support of an amazing teacher and we worked hard to get him ready to tackle the test. Preparation is key and getting him acclimated and comfortable with the testing format really helped. The Ohio Dept. of Education has multiple practice tests on their website and I had him practice a few times a week. Since then, Connections has changed the format of their assessments to be more aligned with the testing format. This really helps get students comfortable with how it works and what to expect so they can be confident going into the test. It's important for them to understand that this is an opportunity for them to show what they know.. something I stress to my son. He is not big into tests and dreads the whole ordeal, but he knows that this is something he has to do and that this is his chance to show what he has learned throughout the year. The best part of the third grade assessments is that the kids have two main chances to pass, which is important because this is their first year experiencing state testing. There is also an option to take the test over the summer if needed. I think Connections does a great job preparing the students for state assessments without overdoing it. It's not all about teaching to the test, it's about actually learning throughout the year, getting a good education, and then having the opportunity to showcase that knowledge for the state. Again, the teachers are amazing at helping prepare the students when testing time comes around and there are plenty of things you can do as the parent and learning coach to help your student as well. I'm actually going to be writing another article about this next month -- how to prepare your student for state testing. With all that said, keep in mind that 3rd grade is a big year, both for traditional brick and mortar school as well as online schools. The lessons go more in-depth, the kids are becoming a little more independent in their studies, and more is expected of them academically. I hope this answered your question and gave you a little more insight. Keep an eye out for my next article with tips on how to prepare your student for state testing and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have more questions.