What are Education Standards?

A standard in education is a measure of a norm that is used in comparative evaluations. Standards are written for various school curricula. This sets the plan for the instruction that will take place in a course. It is up to the school, administration and teacher to implement these standards in their teaching methods.

Benchmarks are points along the way to completing a full standard. Students may take tests in school that are called benchmarks or assessments. This helps to evaluate the academic progress of a student.

Standardized testing is found in most of the schools in grades 3-12. A standardized test is one that is given and scored in a predetermined manner. There are two kinds of standardized tests. One is an aptitude test which will predict how likely the student will perform. The other is an achievement test. This test shows what the student knows by evaluating their skills such as reading comprehension.

It is important to follow a student’s progress through the testing. Sometimes parents are confused by the data and information presented. If you need help with this issue, please contact Beth Silver. You can reach her at: bethcarolsilver@gmail.com or 310-720-0390.

Daily Learning is Important

Most students- of any age- are familiar with cramming for a test. Cramming means that a student tries to learn all the material one or two days before a test. Cramming does not work for most people. When a student crams, the student tries to memorize a set of words that go with a definition or concept. The problem is that if the test question asks for the information in a different manner, the student is at a loss to answer it because it was not asked the way it was memorized.

Daily learning means that a student adds between 5 and 10 minutes to homework for a subject. During this time the student learns the material. Information should be put in the student’s own words. If a teacher insists on an exact definition from a text, then the student should make a flashcard and highlight the important words to remember.

Doing daily learning will also help the student learn information to make sure it is completely understood. This gives the student extended time to learn the information and to be able to use it from memory.

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What is Reading Comprehension?

Reading comprehension is the ability to read words and interpret them by giving meaning to what has been read. When students are beginning to read, the emphasis is placed on the sounding out or sight recognition of letters and words. The emphasis on understanding is extremely important. It should be encouraged from the beginning when a student learns to read.

Fiction is easier than non-fiction to comprehend. Most students get the idea of the plot of a story and can do interpretations easily. The reading of non-fiction – that is textbooks, handouts, information online- is more difficult. It is important for students to read a portion at a time to understand the factual information. A good guideline is to stop after each paragraph and make sure the interpretation of information is done to put it into memory.

Vocabulary building is vital to encourage students to become excellent readers. Every student should have a vocabulary building program. If the school does not provide one, then the parents should. There are many online resources for books and other technology for learning vocabulary.

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Learning Information by Leveling for Tests

The starting place for getting ready to take a test is gathering all of the information that needs to be learned. This can be: a study guide, class notes, worksheets, handouts and the end of a chapter in a textbook. Make sure all material needed for the test is gathered.

The next step is to level the information according to the individual student’s knowledge. There is a simple A-B-C method to use. Mark all vocabulary and concepts with an A, B or C. A means that the information is well known and does not need to be learned but only reviewed. B means that the information is partially known and learning needs to happen. C means that the information is not known at all and must be learned. It is important for the student to be honest when making these marks.

The next step is to start with the C’s. Count how many C’s there are and then put them on a calendar to know when to learn them. Do the same thing with the B’s. A’S should be reviewed two days prior to the test. All learning should be put on a calendar to know when to learn the information.

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Textbooks Online – Know the Parts

Many schools use textbooks online. The students access them through the use of Chromebooks or iPads. This is a good cost savings method. The only problem is that the student does not pay attention to how the pieces of the textbook can be helpful.

Have your student locate the Table of Contents, the Glossary and the Index for the online textbook. There may also be answers to problems- math text, chemistry text or physics text. When students are given class notes and they need additional information, they can use these resources to find answers to their questions.

Another good reference source is online videos. You Tube and Khan Academy have many informative videos. This is a way for a student to hear the lesson that was given in class again. It is also possible to replay the video as many times as is necessary to understand the information.

Questions? Contact Beth Silver. Email: bethcarolsilver@gmail.com Phone: 310-720-0390.

What are Cumulative Files or Records?

Cumulative School Files contain information about a student. This information includes: grades, disciplinary comments and school administration input.

Parents should ask to review their students’ cumulative files. This is to make sure that the contents are not negative or derogatory to the student. Parents have the right to expunge such information from the cumulative files. In the future, if a student applies for a government job, the cumulative record may be accessed. Negative comments could hurt the student’s chances of getting a position.

Questions? Contact Beth Silver. Email: bethcarolsilver@gmail.com Phone: 310-720-0390.

Following Directions – Oral and Written

Following directions is a life long skill. There is a standing joke in my family which is if all else fails, read the directions!

Following oral directions in any phase of life is important. It is particularly in the school classroom. Some teachers are easier to listen to than others. If the verbal delivery is paced evenly most students will be able to follow it. If the instructor goes at a fast pace, it is possible that students will not be able to follow and comprehend the information. If a student has a fast paced instructor then there are a couple of things to do. Ask for instructor notes to be given. The other thing is to search for an online video which contains the same information to listen to and comprehend. The online video can be replayed which helps most students.

Written directions are important. There are times, however, when students look at a page and think they know what to do and don’t read the directions. This is especially true in the case of written test directions. Encourage your student to read the directions.

Have Questions? Contact Beth Silver. Email: bethcarolsilver@gmail.com Phone: 310-720-0390.