in Public Schools
Transitions, Expectations and Adjustments
As we go through the various stages of our
children's educational development, parents are faced with different challenges
at different grade levels. Whether it's socialization concerns at the elementary
level, jitters about peer pressures or changing classes in middle school
or the responsibilities and freedoms of high school, each academic transition
has it's own rite of passage.
As this section
develops, these web pages will attempt to address some of the more grade specific
issues at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. We welcome your
input and topic suggestions.
For development and socialization issues, we recommend parents review the links
in our Student Support Section.
Academic Redshirting and Young Children
redshirting for young children refers to the practice of
postponing entrance into kindergarten of age-eligible
children in order to allow extra time for socio-emotional,
intellectual, or physical growth. This kind of redshirting
is most often practiced in the case of children whose
birthdays are so close to the cut-off dates that they are
very likely to be among the youngest in their kindergarten
class. This Digest discusses what studies have said thus far
about redshirting and its potential effects, and offers
suggestions for parents considering delaying their child's
entrance into kindergarten.
Promotion Policies Modified:
One Size Doesn't Fit All
(excerpt) Three of the
school districts -- Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit -- have
modified their promotion policies or are currently
considering doing so. Those modifications are not a signal
that the school districts are going back to the days of
social promotion, school officials say. Rather, they are
acknowledging that a "one size fits all" promotion policy
doesn't necessarily benefit all children in all
AERA Position Statement Concerning
High-Stakes Testing in PreK-12 Education
The American Educational Research
Association (AERA) is the nation's largest professional
organization devoted to the scientific study of education.
However, if high-stakes testing programs are implemented in
circumstances where educational resources are inadequate or
where tests lack sufficient reliability and validity for
their intended purposes, there is potential for serious
All Kinds of Minds.org:
The All Kinds of Minds’ mission is to help students who
struggle with learning measurably improve their success
in school and life by providing programs that integrate
educational, scientific and clinical expertise.
Too many kids struggle and fail needlessly simply because
the way in which they learn is incompatible with the way
they’re being taught. Schools are filled with kids who
give up on themselves, are convinced they’re "losers,"
and conclude they’re just dumb.