As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher and most important champion as he or she advances from preschool through postsecondary education. Your continued involvement and encouragement are critical to your student’s academic success. In fact, research shows that students with more actively engaged parents are more likely to attend school regularly, have better social skills, earn higher grades, graduate from high school and go on to college or other postsecondary program.

The academic success of your student is even stronger when parents and teachers work together. Take time to get to know your student’s teacher and make parent-teacher conferences a priority. It’s the best way to have a good dialogue about how your student is performing and to set goals for improving his or her performance. Students are tested multiple times every year through high school graduation. Schools don’t always share performance data, so ask these key questions:

  1. When does testing take place throughout the year?
  2. How did my student perform on the benchmark and state tests and how did he compare to his peers?
  3. What areas do we need to work on to help her improve or be more challenged?
  4. What joint goals can we set between now and the next parent-teacher conference period?
  5. What resources are available to us through the district or other places if my student has special needs, is gifted, or just needs more support?
  6. How else do you evaluate my student’s skills and knowledge beyond testing?

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