LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

Statewide standardized testing is underway in the La Crosse School District.

Students are taking the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination or W.K.C.E.

Students in grades three through eight, as well as tenth are taking the test.

The goal is to test how proficient students are in core subjects like reading and math.

The principal at Longfellow Middle School says there's a few things parents can do to help their kids earn high marks. "I think that eating right, getting enough sleep is the most important thing you can possibly do during a test. If a student is hungry, or if any one of us are hungry, we're certainly not going to do our best on anything, much less testing, so it's really important," said Penny Reedy.

To make sure the kids weren't hungry, staff at Longfellow prepared 500 all-natural fruit smoothies. "Research has shown that it is extremely beneficial for the students to eat prior to taking the test so that they have the energy to get through some of those really important test functions," said Business Education teacher Katie Johnson.

W.K.C.E. testing continues over the next few days.