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Helping Students Achieve

PTA student success

Parent involvement, one of PTA's areas of strength, is key to any child's development. Students with involved parents generally earn higher grades, score better on tests, adapt well to school, and graduate at a higher rate.

Parents serve an important role in learning once school is over, too. PTA offers several resources to assist parents in helping their children develop a love for learning and prepare for tests, two very important steps in educational development. 

In addition, parents of children with special needs can access a list of resources from this section {see below}.


Parent Guides

Turn Your Kids on to Reading This Summer
Summer reading resources

What Parents Should Know About Standardized Testing
Important information for parents on what standardized tests are and how schools use them.

Communicating with Children: You Make the Difference
Ten rules for opening lines of communication with your children

Ten "Must-Know" Facts About Educational Testing
What parents need to know about educational testing

How to Encourage a Love of Reading and Learning in Your Child
Tips to foster lifelong learning

Helping Children Be Their Best
How to balance expectations to succeed


PTA Publications & Presentations

Preventing Perfectionism in Children
Ways to help children combat the feeling they need to be perfect

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Test?
A gauge of text anxiety

The Great Testing Debate: Making the Grade
A primer on tests and assessments


Additional Resources

President Obama to Make Historic Speech to America’s Students
On September 8, 2009, history will be made. Will you be a part of it? - C-SPAN and White House Web Site to Broadcast Speech Live

Special Needs Resources
Resources for parents of special needs children and gifted children.

Starting a Special Education PTA (SEPTA)
Frequently asked questions about special education PTAs and how to start a local SEPTA unit.