A Parent's Guide to Standardized Tests in School: How to Improve Your Child's Chances for Success

by Peter W. Cookson, Ph.D., and Joshua Halberstam,Ph.D.

  • Paperback, 224 pages
  • Published by Learning Express
  • Publication date: September 1998
  • Dimensions (in inches): 0.59 x 10.02 x 7.07
  • ISBN: 1576851370

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Parents of grammar and middle school children need a comprehensive source for preparing young students for the growing number of national standardized tests given in school each year. This informative guide will help parents help their kids become confident, successful test takers. Features questions for parents to ask the classroom teacher and school administration.

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Just as American schools have come under more scrutiny from parents, educators and politicians, the issues of standardized testing for all students has been debated throughout the United States. For many concerned parents, the issues of a basic (and an advanced) education are as important as the health and development our children.

Many parents have questions that this book will help answer. Such as:

This book also addresses how children learn differently, how you can help your child's test skills, how the use of testing is changing nationally, what type of questions will be asked, how to understand the results as well as some information on the testing of children with special needs or learning disablities.

This well-organized and written book may help parents to be more knowledgeable about standardized testing and proactive in helping their child do well on the exams.

From the Back Cover

American children are the most tested in the world. And the number of standardized tests your child will take in elementary and middle school will only increase in the years ahead. To answer your two most critical questions immediately -
YES, the results of these test can be crucial in charting your child's future.
YES, there are specific things you can do to improve your child's performance.

To guide you through the new reality of standarized testing - and to ensure your child the best possible chance for success - LearningExpress has teamed with two renowned educators from Teachers College Columbia University to create this special volume.

Find out:

Plus sample questions (and answers) from the most widely given standardized tests.

About the Authors

Peter W Cookson, Ph.D., is the director of the the Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation at Teachers College Columbia University, the world's foremost graduate school of education. Dr. Cookson is the co-author of eight books, including School Choice and the Struggle for the Soul of American Education.

Joshua Halberstam, Ph.D., is a visiting scholar at New York University and is on the staff of the Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation at Teachers College. He is the author of Everday Ethics: Inspired Solutions to Real-life Dilemmas and several other boks that deftly distill complicated issues for a mass audience.

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