I couldn’t be more proud of my son. It’s seems surprisingly fast, but next year he will be entering high school and beginning a new chapter in his life. One of my three children, he was always a good student in elementary school. Actually, a great student. According to his grades, he has been doing everything he needed to succeed. It’s not uncommon for him to make the honor roll, and as a parent this has helped quiet any fears I had about his eventual transition to high school.
It seems that a child who makes the honor roll is prepared academically for high school and meeting the needed requirements, but I soon found that the fine print of standardized tests say otherwise. The requirements for a smooth transition from elementary school to high school came as a surprise to me and has me concerned for my children’s future. As a parent, there is always more I can be doing for my children. Yet, I feel the importance of these tests was not communicated effectively between multiple parties, in turn creating avoidable confusion.
My son is thinking about his education, his future, his dreams, and his goals. I don’t want to imagine that the beginning of his high school experience, and the beginning of his transition to becoming an adult, starts with him “not being prepared”. Looking ahead, I see the fine print of requirements growing. There seem to be more options and avenues for students to pursue in high school, but it seems complicated how these options meet the requirements for transition, and later, for graduation.
I’m ready and willing to work hard with my children to navigate their educational careers, but there is needed information that doesn’t seem to be common knowledge between administrators, teachers, parents, students, and the community as a whole. I’m willing to work hard because I know I am not the only parent with these hopes and fears for their child’s education. As an island parent, I’d like to see more effective communication, ensuring that needed information can better become common knowledge and reflect the common stake that we all hold in the education of our children.
– A Deer Isle-Stonington Parent