Student success requires a strong partnership between teachers and parents. Both play a critical role in the development of a child, and both are committed to seeing that child grow, learn, and achieve.
As parents were once students themselves, many think they understand assessments and what the results may mean. They rely on the information provided by the state, the district, the school, and even the media. As a result, parent-teacher discussions on assessment often only occur when there is a perceived problem.
Points to Raise with Parents
Talking about assessment with parents is an opportunity to educate on a range of topics, including:
- The purposes of assessment
- What tests are being used in their child’s classroom and how they differ from each other
- Their child’s learning progress, as indicated by both assessment and classroom observation
- Academic strengths and weaknesses of the child, and what both teacher and parent can do to address those weaknesses
- The testing process and how it impacts the teaching process
Educators and parents should be partners in the learning process. By talking about assessment, that partnership can be strengthened and have a positive impact on a child’s learning.