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Every child has a functioning level and you need to know what it is. You find this out by reviewing and understanding different types of tests. Some are school administered tests, others may be given privately. This is how you discover how well your child is doing in school, and if they are keeping up with, or going beyond, standard proficiency levels.

What state tests will my child take?

Each State Department of Education decides which tests will be given in that state which is mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act federal law. Students receive multiple tests regularly in school.

Not all tests are the same. Some are formal and standardized which measure content knowledge with thousands of students taking these same assessments in all geographical areas. These are typically administered at the end of the school year.

Reading and math tests are given annually in grades 3 to 8, and at least once in grades 10 to 12 in all fifty states. Students are tested in science at least once during grades 3 through 5.  Go to Glossary of Terms for more information on assessments

 

Here is how a parent can be further engaged with their child's school environment so their student learns successfully:

It's easy to get started - just follow the links on the left side.  Begin by going through a simple checklist, which is part of evaluating your child's learning styles, strengths, weaknesses, and personal interest.  Once you determine these categories, you can begin identifying the right resources to help your child learn in just about every subject matter imaginable.

Getting Started Checklist

 

Grades K - 6

  1. Understanding visual and auditory processing – how does your child absorb information? There are five primary senses; taste, touch, smell, listening and visual. There are many others including kinesthetic and intuition. We tend to not learn academic information through taste and smell, so listening, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic are essential learning pathways.
  2. Determine skill level in each subject;  reading, writing, math, and spelling.
  3. How is your child doing in these areas?
  4. Is your child a self starter and willing to take the initiative?
  5. What are my child’s interests? i.e. environment, music – playing an instrument, athletics – i.e. baseball and soccer, ancient history, cooking, crafts, working jigsaw puzzles, creating things, taking things apart and redesigning them, like Legos?
  6. Are class assignments completed in a timely manner? If they are too easy, do they ask for additional things to do and express interest in learning new things?
  7. Do they follow through with homework?
  8. Can your child write simple essays with good thought flow?
  9. Does he or she understand and answer chapter review questions?

 

Grades 7 - 8

  1. Consider Your Child’s learning style – how do they absorb information? Visually or by listening?
  2. Are they focused and attentive in the classroom? Are they self-directed?
  3. Are they self starters and take initiative?
  4. Do they contribute to class discussions?
  5. Are class assignments completed in a timely manner? If they are too easy, do they ask for additional work?
  6. Do they bring home homework and complete it in a timely manner?
  7. Can they write well-thought-out and researched compositions?
  8. Are they well-rounded with extra curricular activities?
  9. Can they work in teams?

 

Grades 9 - 12

  1. Consider Your Child’s learning style – how do they absorb information? Visually or by listening?
  2. Are they focused and attentive in the classroom?
  3. Are they self starters and take initiative? Are they self-directed?
  4. Are class assignments completed in a timely manner? If they are too easy, do they ask for additional work?
  5. Do they contribute to class discussions?
  6. Can they write researched and declarative compositions?
  7. Do they bring home homework and complete it in a timely manner?
  8. Are they well-rounded with extra curricular activities?
  9. Can they work in teams?

 

Let's move forward to find out what information processing is, how it works, and how it fits into current educational trends, the following tab.