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Partnering With Your School: How To Help Your Child Succeed. Workshop Overview and Introduction. Education in the United States Benefits of family involvement Standards Measuring progress Accountability Successful parent-teacher conferences How to help your child succeed in school. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Partnering With Your School:

    How To Help Your Child Succeed

  • Workshop Overview and IntroductionEducation in the United StatesBenefits of family involvementStandardsMeasuring progressAccountabilitySuccessful parent-teacher conferencesHow to help your child succeed in school

  • A sweet way to meet

  • A Sweet Way To MeetGreen: What do you like to do on Sunday?Black: Where do you work?Orange: Age(s) of your child(ren) and what do they like to do?Red: An example of the way you help other people.Pink: What do you like to do as a family? Yellow: How do you help your child at home with schoolwork?White: Describe the town you were born in.

  • All children in the United States are guaranteed a free and quality public educationEducation in the United States

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)ESEA passed in 1965.Sets policies and procedures for public education in the United States.Congress reauthorizes or revises ESEA every six years.Current version, No Child Left Behind, was signed by President Bush in January 2002.

  • Many Differences in U.S. SchoolsU.S. schools are run by local communities and not by the federal government.Teachers can choose how to teach students; they do need to meet Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements.Many parents play an active role in their childs education.

  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)NCLB introduced radical historical change in U.S. education.

    Equal Opportunity Equal Outcome

    for ALL students

  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)NCLB steps up annual testing requirements.School and district report cards are required.Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is required for all schools.All groups of students must make AYP.All teachers must be highly qualified.

  • Learning EnglishUnder the law, if your child is placed in an English language program, the school should contact you in a language you can understand.You may ask for your child to attend a different English language program, if one is available.Students will be tested once a year to see how well they are learning to read and write English.

  • Teacher QualityAll teachers must be highly qualified.Definition of highly qualified is different in each state.In Oregon, teachers need:College degree (Bachelors degree)Oregon teaching certificateProof they know the subject they teach

  • ConsequencesIf a Title I school has not made adequate progress during the past two or more years, parents can transfer their children to a school that is making progress, or request supplemental services.After three years, the school MUST provide supplemental services.After four years, corrective action will be taken. This can mean replacing staff or implementing a new curriculum.After five years, the school is restructured or taken over by the state department of education.

  • Benefits of family involvement

  • Fortress SchoolGoal:Protect schoolParents:Stay homeTeachers:TeachCommunication:One-way (newsletter)Parent groups:Hand-pickedDecisions:Principal

  • Come If We Call School Goal:Share values Parents:Reinforce school Teachers:Conferences/Open houses Communication:One-way (school handbook) Parent groups:Meet monthly, principal speaks Decisions:Principal and lead teachers

  • Open Door SchoolGoal: Enrich schoolParents: Share and helpTeachers: Know families/build on strengthsCommunication: Mostly one-way; some two-wayParent groups: Parent committeesDecisions: SBDM Council

  • Partnership SchoolAll Kids Learn

    Families and teachers:Know each otherServe on committeesMake decisionsLook at dataShare information; mostly two-way

  • Students Benefit: Earn higher grades and test scoresEnroll in higher level programsAre promoted and earn creditsAdapt well to school and attend regularlyHave better social skills and behaviorGraduate and go on to higher educationAchieve greater success in life

  • Families Benefit:More confidence in schoolHigher expectations of their childrenHigher teacher opinions of familiesMore self-confidenceMore likely to continue their own education

  • Schools Benefit:Improved teacher moraleHigher teacher ratings by parentsMore support from familiesHigher student achievementBetter reputation in the community

  • Standards

    How can we make sure all children succeed in school?

  • Standards Definition: What every student should know and be able to doBroad, clear statements of what students should know and be able to do.Each Oregon standard describes the content students need to master by the end of each grade level.

  • Why do we have standards?To be very clear about what every student should know and be able to doTo make sure students in one school learn the same things as students in another schoolTo have high expectations for all students

  • The Philosophy Behind StandardsAll children can learn at higher levelsIf we expect more, we get moreWe must expect more of ALL students

  • More About StandardsLearning standards differ from state to state.Your childs school is required to make sure ALL students meet the standards in our state.Schools must use annual tests to find out if students have met the standards.

  • Sample Standards

    What students need to know and be able to do

  • English/Language Arts StandardsRead written directions, signs, captions, warning levels, and informational books by grade 3.Use word origins to determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases by grade 5.Understand and explain the use of a complex mechanical device (e.g., program a VCR) by following technical directions by grade 8.

  • Math StandardsDevelop and acquire efficient strategies for determining multiplication and division facts 09 by grade 3.Develop and evaluate strategies for computing with decimals and fractions by grade 5.Develop and analyze algorithms and compute with rational numbers by grade 8.Compute with integer exponents and whole number roots by grades 912.

  • Science Standards Describe the basic needs of living thing by grade 3.Classify organs by the system to which they belong by grade 5.Identify differences and similarities between plant and animal cells by grade 8.Identify unique structures in cells from plants, animals, and prokaryotes by grades 912.

  • Measuring Progress

    How do we know if a student can do the things described in the standards?

  • Students Take TestsStudents take state tests: English Language Arts (grades 312) Mathematics (grades 312) Social Science (grades 5, 812) Science (grades 5, 812) English Language ProficiencySource: Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, adapted from Lapides & Lapides

  • How do we know if a student can do those things?Students provide work samples: Writing Mathematics problem solving Speaking Scientific inquiry Social science analysisSource: Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, adapted from Lapides & Lapides

  • Students and SchoolsHow can you find out if your child is successful in school?How can you find out if your school is doing a good job helping students learn?Source: Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, adapted from Lapides & Lapides

  • Getting Information About Your School Homework Classroom tests Student report card State test results Source: Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, adapted from Lapides & Lapides

  • TestsState tests measure how well students have met the standards.The student gets one of three gradesExceeded standards (did better than required)Met standardsDid not meet standardsSource: Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, adapted from Lapides & Lapides

  • Sample Test QuestionsMathematics, Grade 6The state fair was in town, and everyone was excited. The carnival games were the most popular attractions. The first day the fair was open, two people won stuffed animals. The second day four people won, the third day six people won, and so on. If the fair was open for n days, how many people would win on the nth day, if this pattern continued?

    A. 2 + n B. 2n C. 2n + 2 D. n2

  • Sample Test QuestionsMathematics, Grade 8

    About 60% of the used white paper is recycled at Lance's school. The school uses 1,260 pounds of paper per month. Which is the best estimate for the number of pounds of white paper recycled per month?

    A. 500560 B. 600660 C. 720780 D. 850910

  • Sample Test QuestionsSocial Science The following event or events led to World War I:I. Formation of the League of NationsII. The assassination of Archduke Franz FerdinandIII. A system of competing alliancesIV. The desire for nationalism in European countries

    A. I only B. II only C. II, III, IV D. II and III

  • Sample Test QuestionsScience, Grade 8

    Compared to coastal areas, interior areas of large continents tend to have:

    A. Higher amounts of rainfall throughout the yearB. A greater incidence of fog during summer monthsC. An increased risk of hurricanes during the spring monthsD. More extreme temperature differences between winter and summer.

  • Test Taking TipsBefore the test:Develop a positive attitude. Tell yourself, I will do my best on this test.Get a good nights sleep the night before the test.Get up early enough to avoid hurrying to get ready for school.Eat a good breakfast (and lunch, if your test is in the afternoon).

  • Test Taking TipsDuring the test:Stay calm.Listen carefully to directions from the teacher.Ask questions if you dont understand what to do.This is not a timed test. If you need more time to finish the test, tell your teacher.

  • Test Taking TipsAfter the test:Before you turn your test in, check it over. Change an answer only if you have a good reason. Generally, it is better to stick with your first choice.Make sure you have marked an answer for every question, even if you had to guess.Make sure your answer sheet is clearly marked with dark pencil. Erase any stray marks.

  • Accountability

    Getting information about your child, your school, and your district

  • Your Childs Report CardStudent report cards are different for each school district.The report card gives you specific information about your student such as:Test scoresGrades or marks in specific subjectsAttendance

  • Oregons High School Diploma Requirements

    Current Requirements (Classes of 2008 & 2009)Language Arts 3 creditsMathematics 2 creditsScience 2 creditsSocial Science 3 creditsApplied Arts, Fine Arts, Second Language 1 creditPhysical Education 1 creditHealth Education 1 creditElective credits to meet at least 22 credits.

  • Oregons High School Diploma Requirements

    New Requirements (Classes of 2010 & 2011)Language Arts 4 creditsMathematics 3 creditsScience 2 creditsSocial Science 3 creditsApplied Arts, Fine Arts, Second Language 1 creditPhysical Education 1 creditHealth Education 1 creditElective credits to meet at least 24 credits.

  • Oregons High School Diploma Requirements

    New Requirements (Classes of 2012, 2013, & 2014)Language Arts 4 creditsMathematics 3 creditsScience 3 creditsSocial Science 3 creditsApplied Arts, Fine Arts, Second Language 3 creditsPhysical Education 1 creditHealth Education 1 creditElective credits to meet at least 24 credits.

  • Oregons High School Diploma RequirementsIn 2012 and 2013 science classes must be inquiry based in which students investigate the physical and living world.In 2014, all math classes must be at the level of Algebra I and above.

  • Your Schools Report CardYou can learn:If students in your school are making progress from year to yearIf different groups of students in your school are meeting standardsHow students in your school compare to those in your school districtIf your school is doing well overall

  • Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)Schools use guidelines set by the federal government to set goals for how much students should improve each year.Students in every groupwhite, African American, Hispanic, low-income, special educationmust meet goals.If all students meet the goals, and 95% are tested, the school meets Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

  • Grades for Your SchoolYour school gets graded based on: How well students do on tests Student attendance and dropout rates Whether the school is improving The percentage of students taking the tests

    Schools may be graded as exceptional, strong, satisfactory, low, or unacceptable.

  • Your Districts Report CardFederal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) rating:If all student groups meet targets in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, ANDThe district meets targets for attendance or graduation, THENThe district is designated as Meeting AYP.

  • Your Districts Report CardSchool Ratings:Student performance rating based on state assessment testsStudent behavior rating based on attendance and dropout ratesImprovement rating based on changes in students performance and behavior ratings for past four yearsSchool characteristics rating based on percentage of students taking all state assessment tests

  • Your Districts Report CardFederal Designation for Title I Schools:Identified for School Improvement Schools not meeting AYP in the same content area for two or three consecutive yearsIdentified for Corrective Action - Schools not meeting AYP in the same content area for four consecutive years

  • Your Districts Report CardAccountability Information:Student Achievement: The student group must meet the statewide academic target, or reduce the percentage of tests not meeting standards by 10%, and meet the state target for graduation.Graduation Rate: Compares the number of students receiving a standard diploma with the number of students who drop out.

  • Academic TargetsSchool Yr. English/Language Arts Mathematics20022003 40%39%20062007 50%49%20072008 60%59%20082009 60%59%20092010 60%59%20102011 70%70%20112012 80%80%20122013 90%90%20132014 100% 100%

  • Your Districts Report CardDistrict Information:Percentage of students meeting standardsTesting participationAttendanceDistrict staffingPercentage of highly qualified teachersSpecial populationsFinancial data

  • Keys to Successful Parent-Teacher ConferencesWhat to do: Before the conference During the conference After the conference

  • Before the ConferenceTalk to your children about what they would like you to discuss.Write a list of questions you want to ask.If you do not speak English, make sure the school has someone who can translate or take someone with you who can.

  • During the ConferenceRefer to the notes you made before the conference so you can ask the questions that are the most important.If your child is having any problems, ask what the school is doing to change that and what you can do.If your child is excelling in certain areas, ask what the school is doing to provide challenging work.

  • During the ConferenceAsk questions about your childs friends, cooperation in class, social skills.Share information about your student such as any special needs or changes in the family.If any problems are discussed, make sure you work out a plan to help your child improve.Take notes so you can remember what was said.

  • After the ConferenceTell your child about the conference. Stress those things that are positive.Talk to your child about ways to improve.Start the action plan for improvement right away.Observe how your child is responding to the action plan. Talk to the teacher about any concerns.

  • How to help your child succeed in school

  • How To Help Your Child Succeed in SchoolPraise, praise, praise your child for hard work at school.Keep home stocked with books, magazines, and newspapers that interest your student.Ask your student to write. Diaries, journals, letters, and e-mails help sharpen writing skills.

  • How To Help Your Child Succeed in SchoolGet to know your students teachers and principal. Ask how your child is being prepared to meet high standards.Keep track of whats happening at school. Watch for test dates, parent-teacher conferences, classroom activities, and celebrations.

  • How To Help Your Child Succeed in SchoolDont wait for report cards to find out how your student is doing. Ask your child about what he or she is learning. Make sure your child is completing homework on time.Put limits on watching TV, talking with friends on the telephone, and playing video games.

  • How To Help Your Child Succeed in SchoolGive your child a quiet place to do homework. Schedule a regular time for homework. Dont let anyone invade the time and space your student sets aside for doing homework.Encourage your child to use computers at home, at school, or at the library. Ask your student to teach you how to use the computer if you dont know how.

  • How To Help Your Child Succeed in SchoolMake sure your child gets to school on time.Make sure your child goes to school every day.Get involved: Volunteer in the classroom.Offer to share your work or life experiences with students in the classroom. Help with decisionmaking by joining and/or attending site council meetings, parent clubs, or other activities.

  • Where To Find More InformationYou will find a list of helpful resources in your Parent Involvement Toolkit.

    Questions?

    Thank you. We look forward to seeing you at school!