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Home-to-School Connections:

Monitoring School Work

As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in your child's academic achievement. By taking steps to get involved in your child's education, you can bridge the gap between home and school to ensure your child's success in learning and in life.

This research-based information provides practical guidance about monitoring your child's school work. 

How can I tell how well my child is doing in school? 

  • Ask your children to show you their school work, and note the grades and any comments made by the teacher.
  • Check report cards carefully for subject grades, attendance, and conduct. Ask the teacher or school counselor for other kinds of information about your child's performance, such as test scores and teacher observations.
  • In the course of the school year, your child may take a variety of standardized tests, including tests for state standards. Your child's scores and other information may be sent home or mailed directly to you. Check with your child's teacher about when these tests are given and when to expect results.
  • Find out if your child's teacher uses e-mail to communicate with parents. Using e-mail will allow you to send and receive messages at times that are most convenient for you.
  • Ask teachers to show you examples of successful work and compare it to your child's work. Listen to the teacher's comments about your child's work and what needs to be done to improve. Plan with the teacher how you can work together to help your child do better work.
  • Use homework hotlines, school websites, and other dial-in services to get information about school activities or to ask teachers and school personnel questions.
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences scheduled during the year.

Source: U.S. Department of Education.

Monitoring School Work