FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does a teacher grade my child's performance level?
Throughout the semester, teachers collect evidence of student achievement such as tests, papers written, and projects. Such evidence that make up a child's portfolio is shared with parents to support the evaluation of your child's performance.
What should I do if my child is not meeting the standards?
Be careful not to overreact. Talk to your child to determine why that problem might be. Once you find out why, begin to create solutions with your child and your child's teacher or counselor.
How can I help my child to achieve the standards?
- Take care of your child's social, emotional, and physical health.
- Every child needs a balanced schedule of activities.
- Know what the standards are-what your child is expected to do.
- Know what kind of homework is expected of your child and develop a routine for homework completion.
- Show interest in your child's school activities.
- Listen, converse, plan, and celebrate with your child.
- Make reading a natural part of your child's daily routine.
- Read to your child. Have your child read to you. Read and discuss books.
- Have books, magazines, and newspapers in the home.
- Borrow books and magazines from the library.
- Discuss current events. Allow your child to express opinions about what's happening in the community and world.
- Encourage activities that involve problem solving.
- Let your child participate in finding solutions to problems by asking for suggestions and comments.
- Expose your child to new cultural, environmental, and social experiences that support and stimulate learning.
- Guide and limit television viewing and video games.
- Focus on programs with educational value and discuss them with your child.
For more information visit the Hawaii Department of Education Web site