How Can Parents Help?Learning doesn’t end in the classroom, and parents can help provide support and a home environment that will help children succeed at school. There are a variety of ways parents can help students prepare for these new assessments.A good start is to run through one of the practice tests available on www.smarterbalanced.org with children and ask them to explain their reasoning as they select answers. Helping children learn important computer skills such as typing and mouse control can also help them navigate the online assessments.
To encourage children to think critically as called for in the new standards, parents can ask their children to analyze whatever they are reading and to support their answers with information from the book.
Other strategies that can be helpful depending on a child’s age include reading to them or encouraging them to read, discussing their day at school, playing word games, helping them understand academic vocabulary, setting high expectations, focusing on the process rather than the answer, encouraging them to see math in the real world and asking children to explain why they think a certain answer is correct.