Today’s educator knows the importance of assessing a student’s progress in order to meet the needs of that child. This is why testing has been such a high priority and will continue to be under the new Common Core State Standards.
Parents seeking to bolster student performance might be tempted to look for a list of magic tips that guarantee high test scores. However, the reality is – testing success begins on the first day of school. When students have the correct daily habits, test results take care of themselves.
In a home that fosters academic success, parents and families are actively involved in their children’s learning. They meet with teachers early in the school year and continue to meet to stay informed of their child’s progress. They communicate with the teacher regarding any special needs of the child and learn what they can do to help support the teacher’s educational goals. By showing interest in their children’s education, parents can spark enthusiasm in their children and lead them to the understanding that learning is important and well worth the effort required.
In a home where education is a priority, there is a quiet place for studying that is free from distractions. Children go to bed early, wake up early and eat a good breakfast to be prepared for the day. Televisions and video games are off and there is an assortment of reading material available. Helping their child become a strong reader is the single most important thing parents can do to help their child succeed in school.
When parents establish good habits for academic success in the home, their children will experience that success every day in school whether they are testing or not.