How Parents Can Help Kids Improve Test Scores: Taking the Stakes Out of Literacy Testing

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Steven Schneider's newly revised second edition of How Parents Can Help Kids Improve Test Scores: Taking the Stakes Out of Literacy Testing highlights the most recent literacy initiatives in America since the federal act of No Child Left Behind. His book has been redesigned to further help teachers and parents navigate through the maze of newly developed state standardized testing in reading and writing, so students may be able to achieve greater success. By using the proactive methods shown in this book and by following easily understood step-by-step instructions, parents and teachers can begin to help their children take the first steps down the road to literacy and to understanding the Common Core language arts subjects.

This book features time-tested activities, suggestions, and a plethora of practical advice to assist teachers and parents in raising children's scores on standardized state reading tests. By utilizing the highly prescriptive “Pinpoint Reading Program,” newly revised in this second edition, parents and teachers will gain new insights into the format, style, and objectives of these tests and how they can assist children to score higher. Most importantly, this book instills the confidence that children need to achieve the success that they rightfully deserve and for which their parents and teachers have come to expect.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reading teacher Schneider suggests simple strategies parents and teachers can use to help elementary and middle school students score well on standardized reading tests.
Kathy Schwartz
I love the specific ideas and suggestions [Schneider gives] to parents and teachers. The Pinpoint Reading Program is totally non-threatening and very easy to implement.
Steven Schulner
Mr. Schneider's book emphasized the partnership between teachers and parents in helping students to become literate young adults. He speaks of learning, not only to prepare students for standardized tests, but to make students lifelong learners, appreciative of recognizing good written work in others and producing it on their own.

The main content of the book provides the reader with an overview of the skills that need to be mastered in a total literacy program. The contents of each chapter provide a wealth of direction to both teachers and parents with activities that will add to a student's literacy competence.
Bravo on a well written book!

Richard Bollinger
A parent-friendly guide filled with expert ideas, suggestions, and activities for improving your child's reading abilities and maximizing their scores on standardized reading tests.
Debra Katz
As an early childhood education director, I have seen over the years a greater emphasis placed on assessments and weightier attention being given to the core curriculum and standards for the three- and four-year-old groups. Having a book like Mr. Schneider's would offer parents, even of very young children, appealing and pleasurable techniques to help their own children learn to become better readers, communicators, and writers.

His Tool Box ideas and hands-on, creative, and stimulating activities in each of these areas are inspirational. I can't wait to offer some of his suggestions to the parents at my schools. His usage of anecdotal stories and personal quotes from people that meant so much to him give this book an enlightened edge to a topic that…[is] clearly essential in helping parents and teachers navigate today's educational demands.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578864126
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/2/2006
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Schneider has been a reading teacher in New York serving many schools throughout his career. He is professor of Literacy Education at Manhattanville College and Long Island University. For over thirty-five years, he has worked
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Table of Contents

1 Parents as reading partners 1
2 What to expect students will encounter on a standardized test 12
3 A quiet place 20
4 Pinpoint reading overview : review - read - reinforce - retell 23
5 The art of questioning 37
6 Note taking 42
7 Probing 46
8 Phonics 52
9 The strategic reader 56
10 Writing 61
11 Keeping it positive 73
12 The night before 75
13 Getting the results 77
14 A pinpoint reading bibliography 82
15 Making literature come alive 85
16 A troubleshooting guide 94
17 Toolbox : the top twelve skills 108
App Graphic organizers, templates, forms 123
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