At our PTO meeting last night parents had questions our about Massachusetts Assessment program. Questions included, "What is the difference between the MCAS and PARCC?" Click here for more information: http://www.parcconline.org/
Massachusetts will be deciding this month, whether or not to adopt the PARCC assessment. We piloted the PARCC assessment a couple of years ago and the administration was smooth. However, we did not receive the results. I feel confident, based on our teaching of the Common Core Standards, that we will be prepared, if the State does adopt the PARCC. We will have more information later this year.
At my next Parent Coffee, which will be held at 1:30 pm on December 11th, I will present our MCAS results and speak about the PARCC assessment, if we are indeed going to adopt it for the spring.
Next week begins Parent Conferences. I remember waiting up for my mom and dad. I could't sleep until I knew what the teacher said about me. Our teachers are working hard to preapre for these meetings. It's important to optimize the time you have with your child's teacher. However, please know, if at any time you need to meet with a teacher, our staff is most accommodating. Here are some great tips to help you prepare for your conference:
Parent-Teacher Conference Checklists
Before the conference
- Ask your child how he/she feels about school.
- Ask your child if there is anything that he wants you to talk about with his teacher.
- Tell your child that you and the teacher are meeting to help her.
- Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.
- Prepare a list of questions such as:
- 1. What are my child's strengths and needs?
2. Does my child hand homework in on time?
3. Does my child participate in class?
4. Does my child seem happy at school?
5. What can I do at home to help?
- Be on time (or early) for the meeting.
- End the meeting on time. Other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
- Relax and be yourself.
- Stay calm during the conference.
- Ask the most important questions first.
- If your child receives special services such as reading or math classes, ask about your child's progress in those classes.
- Ask for explanations of anything that isn't clear about the day or instruction
- Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.
- Talk about the conference with your child.
- Talk about the positive points, and be honest about concerns.
- Tell your child about any plans you and the teacher created.
- Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year. ~ From the website Colorín Colorado