In the Classroom

Clear, consistent learning goals describe what your child needs to know and understand before the end of the year in math and English language arts. Along with grades and classroom work, the state test is another measure of how well your child is meeting grade-level expectations.

As a parent, it’s critical for you to be informed so that you can help support your child at home. Learning Heroes is here to help you navigate what’s happening in the classroom.

What Will My Child Learn Each Year?

These short videos from GreatSchools explain what is expected of your child in each grade and show you easy ways you can support learning at home.

Explaining Academic Standards

Uncover the Goals

How will academic standards help my child achieve in school and beyond?

Uncover the Goals

Build Skills

What specific skills does my child need to know by the end of the year?

Build Skills

See the Standards

What are the math and English language arts standards for my child’s grade?

See the Standards

Inside View: From Teachers

How do the standards affect what happens in the classroom?

Inside View: From Teachers

Inside View: From Parents

What do parents think about what’s happening in the classroom?

Inside View: From Parents

State Test Family Guide

What do my child’s test scores mean and how will they be used? Our Family Guide gives you the resources and information you need. If you’re not sure which test your state uses, find out with the tool below.

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WHICH TEST IS YOUR CHILD TAKING?

To see a practice test for your child, select your state:

The state test is designed to:

  1. Identify strengths and areas for improvement 1

    Identify strengths and areas for improvement

    State tests give more than a score. They uncover where your child is doing well and where he or she needs more instruction or practice. This is important insight for you and your child’s teacher so that you know where extra support is needed.

  2. Measure real-world skills 2

    Measure real-world skills

    State tests are designed to measure what your child is learning in class—skills that will help them in the life like critical thinking, reasoning, writing, and problem solving.

  3. Show your child’s understanding 3

    Show your child’s understanding

    Test questions range from traditional multiple-choice to ones that require your child to describe his or her reasoning and explain the answer. In math, your child will be asked to explain how he or she came to a solution. In English, your child will be asked to analyze grade-level reading passages and write well-developed essays.  

Helpful Parent-Teacher Conversations

How can I prepare for discussing learning goals and testing with my child’s teacher?

Learn from parents like you! These short, real-world videos will help you get the most out of parent-teacher conferences.

Let's Talk 3rd Grade

See an example of what to ask and what to expect during an effective parent-teacher conference.

Let's Talk 3rd Grade

Let's Talk 5th Grade

See an example of what to ask and what to expect during an effective parent-teacher conference.

Let's Talk 5th Grade

Let's Talk Middle School

Middle School students can benefit from participating in parent-teacher conferences. See an example of how to talk about overall term performance during a parent-teacher-student conference.

Let's Talk Middle School

Parent-Teacher Conference Guide

Key questions to ask during your next parent-teacher conference.

Learning Tools

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