By now you should know one of the most important things your child can do to be prepared for college, is to do well on the SAT testing. It is not just studying for the test that is important, but the preparation that takes place over the years before.
According to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education that discusses a report released by the College Board, “only 43 percent of the test takers this year met or exceeded the benchmark score of 1550 out of a possible 2400, the same proportion as last year.” According to this article if a student is able to reach the 1550 mark they are more likely to achieve and maintain a B-minus in college.
So what does this mean to you the parent? How do you help your child be prepared for college? After spending many years in the secondary school setting, I can tell you it makes a difference in the type of education your child receives. Whether private, or public you need to make sure that your child is in the right environment with the right type of educators available.
Every school has its own personality, and is know for it within its community. Check around with people who have their own children in the school. Ask questions. Take a tour of the campus and meet some teachers and the administration. If they don’t have time for you, that may be a sign. If you have an opportunity to go to a PTF meeting, that is always a good way to get the pulse of the parents and the issues being dealt with in the school.
What happens during the day at a school and the attitude of teachers, administrators, and students will make a difference in your child’s future. However, don’t think that is all there is to the equation of academic success. The parent has ultimate influence on your child’s learning. Certainly the success depends on both the school and the parent to see their academic accomplishment.
As parents you are responsible for finding the best place for your child to receive an education. It is hard work to go through the process of making an informed choice, but your child’s education and future depends on your due diligence.