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

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To meet the goals of No Child Left Behind, standardized testing is preeminent as the sole indicator determining whether states all across America demonstrate adequate yearly progress of student achievement in literacy education. This book will help teachers and parents raise children's scores on standardized reading tests. Using nontechnical language, Steven Schneider shows how parents and teachers can assist children by extending and reinforcing education at home while utilizing a 20-minute literacy workout called Pinpoint Reading. This program features a handy guide with student-friendly activities and strategies for teachers and parents of elementary and middle school children. How Parents Can Help Kids Improve Test Scores features: · Suggestions on how to set up a quiet study area · A review of the Pinpoint Reading Program that outlines specific steps and procedures · Probing Strategies · Note-taking skills · A review of critical comprehension skills, metacognitive strategies, and phonics procedures · Effective study skills strategies Parents and teachers-working in a symbiotic relationship-can help children become lifelong readers and learners.

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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
As a parent and a teacher, I understand that it is important to develop the literacy skills of our youngsters for use both at school and at home. The strategies and activities offered in How Parents Can Help Kids Improve Test Scores to improve reading and test-taking skills will be valuable to me as an educator. As a parent, I will be better prepared to provide a home environment that encourages my children to become more confident and successful readers. With children spending so much of their free time watching TV and playing computer games, it is refreshing to hear from an author who offers us other options for learning. I have already begun to implement some of Mr. Schneider's suggestions both at home and in class.
Richard Bollinger
[A] parent-friendly book filled with many inventive strategies, activities, and suggestions to help improve and encourage children's reading abilities.
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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