TutorJam Reviews Tutoring Options for Parents Seeking No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Support
Supplemental Tutoring Supports In-Classroom Efforts to Reinforce Concepts.
- (1888PressRelease) January 27, 2012 - Parents across the country spend countless hours reviewing their children with homework and trying to help them succeed academically. While homework may be a useful tool to inform parents of what is being taught, many are perplexed as to how to ensure success on the upcoming state assessment. TutorJam, a premier K-12 tutoring service, provides parents the extra support their children need to prepare for state standardized tests.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of state assessments required under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is to provide an independent insight into each child's progress, as well as each school's. Accountability, flexibility, research-based reforms, and parental options are the four reform principles of NCLB. State assessments provide "a lifeline to parents by giving them information regarding not only how their child is achieving academically, but also how their school and school district are performing as well." These are high-stakes assessments and students' results may determine the progress for a school or district. By 2014, NCLB requires that all students will be at the Proficient level on state-level testing.
Additional tutoring support not only reinforce what students are learning in the classroom, but also provides extra time to review and practice the higher-order thinking skills that are measured. NCLB expects students to understand challenging content and use knowledge and skill application to solve realistic problems. States are required to ensure the assessments are aligned with teaching standards that go beyond basic recall. Students are required to show evidence of strategic and extended thinking. Tutoring provides opportunities for students to expand key concepts and use them with test-taking strategies.
TutorJam provides customized programs for preparing for all state assessments. A student's individualized program will address specific weaknesses and skills-gap in the understanding of core concepts. For example, students preparing for the STAR program's assessments in California should be prepared to be proficient at literary response and analysis, reading comprehension, systematic vocabulary development, and writing strategies. A fifth grader who is performing at the Proficient level in mathematics should be able to be confidently solve problems in algebra, geometry, operations, including fractions and decimals, and estimation. If a student is struggling in any of these areas, TutorJam can develop the personalized program to build those skills.