California: Standardized Testing and Reporting Program
Suggestions for Parents and Guardians
Parents and guardians play a very important part in their students’ education. Encouraging students to do their best in school and showing positive attitudes toward completing school assignments well and on time can positively affect learning. Research about how students learn shows that a great deal can be done at home to increase a student’s academic performance.
One question you may have about the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program is, “How can I help students do better on the tests?” The question really is, “How can I help students do well in school?” What you do at home can make a very big difference in how well students achieve in school.
Most Important of All
Let your students know how important their work at school is and how interested you are in what they are doing. Talk with them every day about:
- What they did at school
- What homework must be finished for the next day
- What needs to be done on a future project
Suggestions for helping students in reading, writing, mathematics, and other academic areas follow.
In Reading and Writing
- Listen to your students read and read stories aloud to and/or with them.
- Talk about what you and your students are reading and words they do not understand.
- Have family time when you and your students read a newspaper, magazine, or book.
- Encourage your students to write lists, notes, thank-you notes, requests, journals, recipes, short stories, and other types of writing.
- For writing assignments, talk with your students about what the assignment requires; help them list the points to cover. Take your students to the library or help them use the Internet if more information is needed.
- Set a limit on the amount of time your students watch television. Watch and discuss television programs with them whenever possible.
- Check with your students every day to make sure homework assignments are completed.
- Attend parent/guardian classes about mathematics to prepare for questions that your students might ask at home.
- Ask questions to show how mathematics is used to help solve problems as you play games, watch television, or prepare to do a home project.
- Show your students how you use mathematics in what people do every day (cooking, shopping, or home repairs) or when buying materials to use in crafts, sewing, or building projects.
- Help your students read charts or graphs in newspapers and magazines and read maps when going on a family trip. It is important to help your students apply what they are learning.
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