can help reach this guidepost
Talk with your child about things you are reading
Use mathematical vocabulary cards or note sheets
- Ask, “What did you explore in math today?”
- Reviewing completed homework assignments and asking, “Explain to me how you solved . . .?”
- Ask, “Are there any problems from class or from your homework that are causing you to struggle?” and “What made those problems difficult?”
- Ask, “Have you turned in all of your assignments?”; “Do you have any upcoming projects or quizzes/tests?”; “Have you received a grade report?”
- Access the available online resources provided by the school
- Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher
- Show a strong interest in
what your child is reading and writing in school
- Use homework as an opportunity to share in those two
- Be sure your child has a public library card and visit the
- Encourage and model reading of all forms of text (print, on-line, poetry, drama, informational text and literature)
Perform at the Advanced Level on MSA in Reading and Math in grades 3-8
Why is this guidepost important for my child’s readiness for
college and career?
How is success in this guidepost measured?
Reading is the foundation for all learning and is the key
to both college and career success. Advanced scores on MSA Reading, Math,
and Science are predictive of participation in more rigorous high school
courses, higher ACT and SAT scores, and success in a college-ready pathway in
Performance on MSA is rated as “basic,” “proficient,” or
“advanced.” Students who score “advanced” demonstrate more complex
reading, thinking, writing, and creative problem-solving skills, such as
discriminating between details and the ideas they support and synthesizing
information to draw and explain conclusions. In 2012, 40% of Maryland
students scored “advanced” in Grades 3-8 Reading and 33% scored "advanced"
in Grades 3-8 Mathematics.
Performance at the “advanced” level on the MSA in
mathematics translates to a consistent demonstration of success with grade level
mathematics content as defined by the State Curriculum. Students who score
at the “advanced” level have solid foundational skills in a broad range of
What happens if my child does not reach this guidepost?
It’s not too late!
Parents of a student who has not yet met a
guidepost should meet with their child’s teacher and school counselor to
map out a plan for reaching the next guidepost listed. Not all students
will reach every guidepost and adjustments may be necessary along the way to
accelerate to the next guidepost. See TIPS FOR SUCCESS