Description : Provides parents with a comprehensive outline of today's educational standards. Explains the new standards and the language of education. Considers the education a child is getting and explains how each state measures academic achievement. Outlines the goals and content of new standardized tests, provides sample English and math questions with answer explanations, and offers guidance for the English and math assessment tests from elementary through high school. Presents a list of state websites for more information on specific tests and dates and explains how the No Child Left Behind bill affects you.
Description : Help parents understand educational standards, mandated tests, No Child Left Behind, and other issues affecting their children's schools with this reader-friendly guide.
Description : Down-to-earth advice for helping students with disabilitiessucceed The School Counselor's Guide to Helping Students withDisabilities offers school counselors a practical guide forhandling the complexities of working with children and youth whohave disabilities. The book is organized to correspond with themyriad responsibilities and roles assumed by school counselors inelementary, middle and high school settings. The authors provideboth seasoned and new school counselors with the insight and toolsthey need to successfully promote the academic, personal, social,and career success of students with disabilities. Presents a wealth of relevant disability-related knowledge anduseful strategies Includes information on the most pertinent legislationpertaining to students with disabilities Offers the most effective counseling interventions for helpingyoung children or adolescents experiencing social exclusion becauseof their disabilities Bonus section contains a wealth of disability-specificinformation with implications and practical applications forcounselors This important book brings together experts in two disciplines,school counseling and special education/disabilities, in order toaddress the practicalities and possibilities of working withstudents with disabilities.
Description : A well-written, compelling, meticulously researched resource for parents everywhere. A wonderfully comprehensive guide for parents providing advice on every aspect of their child's education; from choosing a suitable school, to communicating with teachers, through to dealing with the trauma of homework. Practical and accessible, this book really does tell parents everything they need to know to help their children succeed at school.
Description : The federal government's No Child Left Behind Act has thrust high-stakes testing - its goals, methods, and consequences - into the educational limelight. The four-fold purpose of this book is to: describe the nature of high-stakes testing; identify types of collateral damage that have attended the testing programs; analyze methods different groups of people have chosen for coping with the damage and suggest lessons to be learned from the high-stakes-testing experience. The six groups of people whose coping strategies are inspected include: politicians and their staffs; educational administrators and their staffs; parents and the public; test makers and test administrators; teachers and students. Importantly, the author avoids aligning himself with the test-bashing rhetoric of those who oppose high-stakes testing, especially the No Child Left Behind Act. Key features of this outstanding new book include: illustrative cases. The book offers more than 350 cases of collateral damage from high-stakes testing--and people's coping strategies--as reported in newspapers over the 2002-2004 period. background perspectives. Part I examines the influence of high-stakes testing on: 1) what schools teach; 2) how student progress is evaluated; 3) how achievement standards are set; and 4) how test results are used. participant responses. Part II, which is the heart of the book, devotes a separate chapter to the coping strategies of each of the major participants in the high-stakes testing movement: politicians and their staffs, educational administrators and their staffs, parents and the public, test-makers and test-givers, teachers, and students. summary chapter. The last chapter (Lessons to Learn) offers suggestions for minimizing collateral damage by adopting alternative approaches not used in the creation of our current high-stakes testing programs, particularly the federal government's No Child Left Behind Act. This book is appropriate for any of the following audiences: students taking evaluation or administration courses in schools of education, inservice administrators and teachers, policy makers, and those members of the general public who are concerned about the fate of schooling in America.
Description : Kaplan now offers an indispensable tool for parents who want to help their elementary-school child perform well on standardized tests.
Description : This book examines the changes in educational policy in the U.S. and Britain over the last twenty-five years. Hursh argues that education in the States and Britain has been radically transformed, first through efforts to create curricular standards, more recently through an emphasis on accountability measured by standardized tests, and currently, efforts to introduce market competition and private services into educational systems. Hursh offers an alternative to the neoliberal conception of society and education complete with examples of parents who reject the current emphasis on individual success and schools that promote civic-mindedness.
Description : You can make a difference! * Feeling overwhelmed by the fast-paced changes sweeping America's high schools? * Does it seem as if high school is much more complicated for your teen than it was for you? * Interested in becoming more involved at your teen's school but don't know where to start? If recent media stories about tougher high school graduation requirements and high stakes state tests have led you to wonder how you can help your teen succeed in this challenging new academic environment, High Stakes High School can help. Written by three high school teachers with a combined fifty years of experience working with students and families, this guide will show you how to: * Have a truly effective meeting with your teen's teacher using a valuable checklist of important questions. * Communicate with the principal and other administrators at your teen's school about standardized testing, past score results, school policies, and academic issues important to your child. * Understand your teen's learning style and play a more meaningful role in his or her high school experience. * Become involved at your local high school in ways that will benefit your teen. High Stakes High School will take you from perplexed to prepared.
Description : Features all the essential facts and expert advice parents need to help prepare their children for the LEAP 21 (Louisiana Educational Assessment Program) tests.
Description : The definitive guidebook to the complex terrain of 21st-century standards! Standards, assessments, grading, and reporting provide the foundation for nearly every initiative in modern education reform. But what do these terms actually mean? This easy-to-use Q&A gives short, simple, jargon-free answers to the questions that frequently stymie educators. Readers will come away with: A consistent vocabulary and frame of reference to share with other educators An understanding of effective implementation in all four areas Specific ideas for purposeful action Common ground that teachers, leadership teams, schools, and districts can use as a basis for successful improvement efforts