According to the expert, Punxsutawney Phil, we have six more weeks until spring. For teachers across the country, however, things have already begun to heat up. Educators are ensuring that their students will do their best to achieve a score of proficient or advanced in order to meet the goals that were established by the NCLB ( No Child Left Behind) Act of 2002. As parents you may start seeing your third or fourth graders coming home with homework that provides practice “bubbling in.” Older students may have extra practice in writing short answer responses.
If you’re wondering what you can do to support your children, here are a few suggestions:
- Check out your state’s education website and learn about these important evaluations
- Look at the item samplers so you know what the kids will be dealing with. You should be able to find item samplers on your state’s web site.)
- Talk your kids, ask what’s happening in school
- Encourage your kids to try their best
- Reassure them that this is not going to affect their report card grades **
Although testing may be stressful for some students, testing is a normal and expected way of assessing what students have learned. So, when testing time arrives remember to keep smiling and be supportive when the kids come home and tell you about their tough day at school!
** Since NCLB based testing doesn’t affect the grade you may be wondering what it’s purpose is. From the US Department of Education web site, the brief explanation is:
The purpose of state assessments required under No Child Left Behind is to provide an independent insight into each child’s progress, as well as each school’s. This information is essential for parents, schools, districts and states in their efforts to ensure that no child–regardless of race, ethnic group, gender or family income–is trapped in a consistently low-performing school.