This spring was a challenge. New York introduced core curriculum testing with little preparation. I worked with three third grade students who were very concerned about their first standardized test. Two of my students are sisters who have special needs and struggled in their public school. I worked with them on Sundays to help them with concepts and reading comprehension. The other student was a bright but unfocused young boy who I saw on Friday afternoons. They do not have their grades yet but we did accomplish one thing at least. All three entered the testing for English and math prepared and found the test--easy.