About the Author
Chapter One: Whose Standards?
The History Behind School Standards
How To Access The Standards For Your Child’s School
Chapter Two: Why Standards Are Important to Education
How Standards Help Produce Alignment That Leads to Equity
Alignment in the Classroom
Standards as a Measuring Rod for Schools
Why Adequate Yearly Progress Matters
What To Do If Adequate Yearly Progress Is Not Being Achieved
Why Alignment Is Important
Five Things Parents Can Do
Chapter Three: Standards and Alignment
The Format Of Standards and Benchmarks
How Standards Are Used as a Guide for What Teachers Teach
Why The Instructional Practice Is Important to Student Success
How Standards Are Used as a Guide for What Teachers Assess
What Does The Research Say is the Best Way to Teach Vocabulary?
What Processes Will Students Need To Know?
Chapter Four: Asking the Right Questions
What are the Standards and Benchmarks for My State’s Schools?
How do I Know That My Child’s School is Teaching to the State Standards?
What Do I Need to Know About the High Stakes Test Given in My State?
What Information Do I Need at the Local School Level?
What Other Information is Important to Examine on the School’s State Report Card?
How Can I be Sure That My Child’s School Keeps Current With Quality Research on Learning?
What Questions Should I Ask When Adequate Yearly Progress Is Not Being Achieved?
What Can We Do To Improve the Education System?
Where Can I Go For More Information?
Chapter Five: Helping Your Child Master High Stakes Tests
Practice Compare and Contrast
Pay Attention to Your Child’s Stress Levels