Test integrity is serious business, as evidenced by the newly formed Test Security Unit. A mere $2.1 million increase in state funding will get this new agency off the ground so they can take care of all those demons that compromise test results. Believe it or not, one duty of the TSU is to analyze erasures! Come on, if we don’t laugh, we will cry!
So where does that leave you as you prepare to send your child back to school this September? Get involved, attend PTA and school board meetings, speak up and ask lots of questions. Scream if you have to, but make sure you are heard!
Meanwhile on the home front, keep a positive attitude that is contagious and marked with a sense of humor. Give your child an encouraging pep talk at the start of school each morning. Make the message simple and consistent: “You are fine. I know you will always do your best. I am proud of you. And if something goes wrong at school, unless the sky is falling, hang in there and work it out. I have confidence in you. I promise when you get home we will make time to sit eye to eye and knee to knee to talk about your day. I love you.”
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Felicia Bordick and her colleagues, Carol Smith and Joyce Thomas, are authors of “Kitchen Table Time: Recipes for School Success.” Please feel free to contact Felicia Bordick with comments, questions, or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.