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What Every Parent Should Know About Schools, Standards, and High Stakes Tests by Donna E. Walker Tileston

What Every Parent Should Know About Schools, Standards, and High Stakes Tests


What Every Parent Should Know About Schools, Standards, and High Stakes Tests by Donna E. Walker Tileston

This concise guide for parents and community members demystifies the buzzwords that confront us all in everyday headlines: standards, tests, equity, data, accountability, adequate yearly progress, No Child Left Behind, and more. Written in a reader-friendly style by expert educator and best-selling author Donna Walker Tileston, this guide gives all parents the tools and resources they need to understand how their children are being taught as well as checklists of essential questions to ask when they need more answers than they're being given. Topics include: o Accessing and understanding standards and benchmarks o Understanding how their schools use standards for teaching and testing o Knowledge and skills their children need to be taught o How to help their children prepare for high-stakes tests o What to do if their schools do not make adequate yearly progress o Putting together the questions they need to ask teachers and principals during parent conferences o Resources for understanding the answers they receive This well-priced book covers what every parent should know about schools today.


Gives a better understanding of what the standards mean, what to do with the standards, and what to do if standards aren't being met by a school. -- Shannon Journell Not only am I an educator but I am a single mom of two. I read this book from both perspectives and was enlightened by the information. Every parent should be aware of the information in it, especially those who move frequently. -- Stacy Slomko Very timely with the push of the 'No Child left Behind
legislation, which has really highlighted school standards and the attainment of these standards. It seems to cut through all of the language

/jargon and give a clearer understanding of standards and what is going on in education. -- Stephanie A. Slowik Parent friendly and an easy read.The material is useful as it explains not only what the standards are, but how to read them. The author did an adequate job of explaining the standards so that the lay person could not only read them, but also apply them by using the questions to check the standards at their school. -- Sandra Kraynok A definite contribution to this relays the facts of the past and the wave of the future. -- Melanie Sitzer-Hedges Very informative to me - both as an experienced teacher and a parent. It was an easy read, full of wonderful information, and very thought provoking! -- Susan E. Fisher, NBCT

About the Author

Donna Walker Tileston is a veteran teacher and administrator. She is currently the president of Strategic Teaching and Learning, a consulting firm that provides services to schools throughout the United States and worldwide. Donna's publications include Ten Best Teaching Practices: How Brain Research, Learning Styles, and Standards Define Teaching Competencies (2000), which has been on Corwin's bestseller list since its first year in print, in addition to the ten-volume award-winning series What Every Teacher Should Know, now in its second edition. Other recent titles are Teaching Strategies for Active Learning (2006), Teaching Strategies that Prepare Students for High Stakes Tests (2008), and Closing the Poverty and Culture Gap (2009). Donna received her BA from the University of North Texas, her MA from East Texas State University, and her EdD from Texas A & M University-Commerce. She may be reached at

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Publication date

13th October 2005


Donna E. Walker Tileston

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SAGE Publications Inc


88 pages


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