Learning Checklists
September 2007
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You and Your Elementary School Child

Lead Your Child on the Path to Success

Before the school year begins:

If the school your child would normally be assigned to is not meeting the state's academic goals:

Partner With Teachers and Counselors

Know your child's teachers and counselors. Attend school "open houses" or parent nights to meet your child's teachers, and request parent-teacher conferences when needed.

To communicate with teachers:

Parent-teacher conferences are important:

Know that counselors:

Make Sure Your Child Continues to Read

Watch for School Resources

The school sees you as a partner in the learning process and will provide such resources as:

Tips for Parents of Kindergarteners

Visit the school and learn as much as you can about:

*Note: Keep a copy of immunization and dental records, because you may need them later for after-school programs, summer camps, and sports participation, for example.

Academic Performance at the Fourth-Grade Level

Curriculum, instruction, homework and exposure to reading, mathematics and science in everyday life have a great impact on your child's performance. The goal of No Child Left Behind is for all students to be performing at the "proficient" level by 2014. What is meant by "proficient?" Although specific curriculum is set by each state, and varies from state to state, the following achievement levels can give you an idea of what to expect your child to know and be able to do in reading,1 mathematics2 and science3 when your child is in the fourth grade. These achievement levels are taken from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) frameworks in reading, math and science at the "proficient" level.

1 http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading/achieveall.asp (2005)
2 http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/mathematics/achieveall.asp (2006)
3 http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/science/achieveall.asp (2002)


When reading, a fourth-grade student is expected to:


When doing math problems, a fourth-grader is expected to:


Fourth-graders are expected to:

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