This post comes after my consultation session I had tonight. It reminded me that many parents feel left in the dark when it comes to their child's performance in the classroom. This parent was just told "your child is reading at a level 8 when he should be reading at a 16." Nothing more than that! No, what an 8 means versus a 16. No, he is reading at this level because of this-and-that. No assessments were shown to him. Nothing...hence he called me.
I decided to do this post for parents to let you know that it is your right (and sadly sometimes your obligation) to ask your child's teacher for copies of your child's assessments. I would like to HOPE that your child's teacher is doing constant assessments throughout the year to see if what they are teaching is sinking in; however, that is not always the case. Most importantly though, the teacher should be assessing to see if they need to CHANGE the way they are teaching your child.
I would love to think that all teachers do these assessments, make sure they are sent home, and that you are always aware of the results...now back to reality. Not all teachers do this, and with that said you should ask your child's teacher for copies of assessments, even if you are not concerned with your child's academics. Assessments are a good thing to have on hand so that you are always aware of how he is performing, as well as knowing that the teacher sees this performance and is teaching accordingly.