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Tips for Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 6, 2011

The Parentā€Teacher Conference:
Middle and High School
To help your child have a successful school year, you need to know what is
expected academically, from now until June. You can find out by asking some
questions. Take this list with you to your next parent-teacher conference. And
don't forget to take notes!
1. What skills and knowledge will my child be expected to master this year?
What will my child learn this year in key subjects like math, science, history,
and English?
What are the academic standards for this grade level? May I see them?
How do you inform students about the academic standards they're expected to
meet? What kind of projects and assignments have you planned that will
help my child meet higher academic standards?
2. How will my child be evaluated?
What kind of information do you use to evaluate students? How do you know if
they're academically ready to move on to the next grade?
How are grades determined in your classroom?
3. What can I do to stay more involved in my child's academic progress?
What can I do at home to support what is happening in the classroom?
How can I know on a daily basis what homework has been assigned?
How can I support teachers' efforts in implementing higher academic
standards?
4. How do you accommodate differences in learning?
What if my child is a slow learner and falls behind, or is a fast learner and is
bored?
Are summer school, tutoring, or other programs available for students who
need more help?
5. How are older students prepared for further learning after high school?
Are children encouraged to think about a wide variety of career interests?
Are all students encouraged to take algebra by the end of eighth grade?