The Tangipahoa Parish School System recognizes the valuable role the family plays in a child's successful progress through school. Parental and family involvement in school activities is an important factor in student achievement. Schools with strong parental/family involvement have students that achieve higher scores on standardized tests and performance-based assessments. This school district encourages and highly values parental/family involvement.
Out of School Support
Your child may take one or more standardized tests during the school year, and your child's teacher may spend class time on test preparation throughout the year. As a parent, there are a number of ways that you can support your child before and after taking a standardized test, as well as a number of ways you can support your child's learning habits on a daily basis that will help him/her be more prepared when it's time to be tested.
Optimize brain power by making sure your child gets enough sleep and a good breakfast.
Encourage good study habits and challenge critical-thinking skills. Reading is one of the best ways to help your child prepare for state tests.
Know what to expect. Most teachers will send home information about the test schedule and class preparation plans well before the test date.
Look at your child's past performance. Look at areas where they scored low and provide exercises that reinforce that subject. Use multiple-choice questions or vocabulary practice that ask them to identify something pertaining to the subject.
Provide practice opportunities. There is a practice test on the State Department of Education website. Your local library might have resources that you can check out.
Relax and remain positive. On the day of testing, if your child is nervous, practice a few relaxation techniques, such as counting from one to ten or taking deep breaths, which can help them relieve tension during the test.
To guide parents in helping their children with school work
To guide parents in preparing their young children for future entry into the School System
To loan educational materials to parents
To provide individual consultations as needed
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Which parents can use the service? All parents whose children attend Title I schools or meet the guidelines of targeted assistance programs are eligible.
Does my child have to be school age? No, Family Engagement Centers have readiness materials for young children residing in Title I zones. Parents are their child's first teachers and Family Engagement Centers help parents get started.
What is the cost? The service is free. Family Engagement Centers are federally funded.
What resources are available to families at the Centers? Family Engagement Centers offer computer training, computer lab, and student workbooks for summer review, as well as educational materials for loan.
Federal Programs supports researched-based professional development opportunities for educators that build capacity, promote professional learning communities, and support instructional practices focused on improving student achievement.