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Preparing Students for MCAS

This week's Parent Talk topic.

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Norton Public Schools recently received and reviewed their district's . While most students reached the target scores of 95.1 in English Language Arts and 92.2 in Mathematics, curriculum director Jennifer O'Neill noted that there was room for improvement, especially in math.

While schools are planning their next steps to improve those scores, such as utilizing a math specialist at Henri A. Yelle Elementary, monitoring the effectiveness of math programs in the middle school and focusing more on writing at the elementary level, what can parents do to help their children do better?

Also, do you think MCAS properly guages how well students are doing in school?

Please comment in the box below, and check Norton Patch every Wednesday at 1 p.m. for this segment.

Tom Golota October 01, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Preparing for the MCAS is not like preparing for a classroom exam. You cannot "cram" for a final exam in a class and expect to pass if you haven't done the work all year. The MCAS is no different. The best way to help your children with the test is to work with them on a daily basis. Check their homework, make sure they are doing what they are supposed to, and help them wherever you can. The day before the tests, make sure they get a good night's sleep and a good breakfast in the morning. Continuous preparation all year is the best way to prep for the MCAS!

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