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“Stress Bias” May Affect Scores

Testing may lead to “stress bias,” in which students who have spikes of the stress hormone cortisol get lower test scores, according to a study of 93 elementary- and middle-school students from three New Orleans charter schools. Researchers found that students living in areas with more crime and poverty are more affected by stress, and may be less able to “to reveal the things they likely know,” says Pamela Cantor, a psychiatrist and founder of an organization that works with children affected by trauma.

Take Your Test and Don’t Stress

This video, created by the daughter of a Brookshire Elementary staff member, encourages students to “Take Your Test and Don’t Stress.”