Assessment is the process of measuring how much a child has learned. In today’s schools, typical assessments may include classroom tests, standardized tests, quizzes, papers, projects, and portfolios. For parents, it can be hard to figure out what the assessment results mean. If you don’t get a letter grade, for example, has your child passed or failed? If your child has “met expectations,” is that enough? If your child will be graded based on a portfolio, what does that mean? Your child’s teacher can help you understand the tools she is using to assess your child’s learning.

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