To help students succeed in school and to help prepare them for the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, every Alabama resident should look at our state's total educational program -from kindergarten through high school. It takes dedicated involvement throughout the educational process to ensure success.
Schools will work to give all students a strong academic foundation in the early grades and continue to challenge them to learn all they can in every grade. Yet, schools and teachers can't do it alone. Every community member can playa key role in preparing students to meet the challenging new standards.
Read to your child at least 15 minutes each night.
Talk to your child about the importance of school and learning.
Make sure your child has a regular place and time to do homework.
Make sure your child attends school unless genuinely unable to do so.
Stay informed about your child's progress in school by meeting regularly with teachers. If your child gets behind on educational activities, work with teachers on a plan to help your child catch up.
Pay particular attention to your child's individual reading skills. Studies show that children who haven't mastered reading by third grade have a higher risk for bigger academic problems later.
Middle School/Junior High Parents
Talk to your child about the graduation exam. Help your child understand that skills that are learned now will be tested in high school.
Discuss your child's ideas about a future career. If your child's school allows him/her to choose elective courses, work with your child to choose courses that will better prepare him/her for the graduation requirements and career choices.
Stress the importance of attending school every day.
Monitor your child's progress by talking with his/her teachers regularly.
Make sure your child has a regular place, with few distractions, for doing homework. Expect your child to succeed in school.
High School Parents
Help your teen understand - and stay focused on - the graduation requirements.
Help your teen choose courses that will help prepare him/her for the graduation
requirements and individual college or career goals.
If your teen is struggling academically, talk to his/her teachers and counselors immediately about how to help your teen. Involve your teen in the planning of how to get back on track. Every school has a remediation plan ready for access by your teen, if needed.
Make sure your teen gets homework completed each night.
If your teen works after school, have him/her arrange to be off during the week of testing.
Find out when the graduation exam will be given and make sure you see your teen's scores when the results are released.
Include schools in corporate giving programs.
Allow employees to schedule parent-teacher conferences during work time.
Give employees time to volunteer in their child's school or a nearby school.
Support the statewide Parenting Month each January.
Sponsor incentive prizes for students who are achieving or for those who are improving. Consider requiring job applicants to have a high school diploma.
Volunteer to read to students or to listen while beginning readers practice reading. Volunteer to tutor a student once or twice a week.
Encourage your employer to get involved with a local school or school system. Check with a nearby school for ways that you can show your support during exam week.
Adopt a school as the focus of a service project.
Encourage members to volunteer in schools by recognizing those who do.
Write letters to your local newspaper, radio, or television station in support of public education and higher accountability in our schools.