Use Parent Nights to Improve Student Test-Taking Skills
Parents can--and should--play a key role in boosting the academic achievement of students. Putting that philosophy into action, Armstrong Middle School in Starkville, Miss., recently focused its parent nights on improving children's test-taking skills, reports the Web site for AIM (Achievement, Imagination and Motivation) at Middle-Grades Results, an initiative of the Education Development Center.
Participating parents answered sample questions from the writing segment of the Mississippi Curriculum Test, giving them a precise idea of what the exams ask of their kids. Teachers also discussed ways to help students study for the high-stakes tests. The well-informed moms and dads then took home sample tests to go over with their children at home.
"We wanted the parents to experience what the children experience in the classroom," says Janet Henderson, the district's assistant superintendent. "It is a unique concept and it impresses upon the parents what this test is all about. Research tell us the more that parents are involved in the children's educational experience, the more likely the child is going to be successful in school. …