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As a parent, how do check your Secondary school child's subject preparedness?

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Mar 6, 2010
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Brampton

As a parent, how do check your Secondary school child's subject preparedness?

The school quizzes and tests are few and far between. One ends up losing several weeks of preparation if child is not paying attention and of course will not admit that he/she is not understanding the subject properly.
By preparedness, I mean how do you gauge how your child is doing in crucial Grade 11 and 12 years? Are there any online exams or classes where one can assess child's understanding of the subjects and see where help is needed?
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Dec 27, 2013
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Woodbridge
http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/Math/Pages ... sment.aspx

That might help for math.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/

You could access the expectations in the curriculum for each course and look at some of the sample questions or tasks for an idea of what type of things the students will need to do. You could look at the curriculum from the prerequisite to see if they're able to answer the sample questions there.

You could reach out to your child's high school and the various department heads to see if they're able and willing to share either a diagnostic assessment or a list of requisite skills that are required for their specific courses.
[OP]
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Mar 6, 2010
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Brampton
OntEdTchr wrote: http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/Math/Pages ... sment.aspx

That might help for math.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/

You could access the expectations in the curriculum for each course and look at some of the sample questions or tasks for an idea of what type of things the students will need to do. You could look at the curriculum from the prerequisite to see if they're able to answer the sample questions there.

You could reach out to your child's high school and the various department heads to see if they're able and willing to share either a diagnostic assessment or a list of requisite skills that are required for their specific courses.
Thank you for replying.
What I am looking for is some sort of assessment to find out if child has been understanding the course material seriously or just goofing around during class time. Something like online test or quiz from particular chapters, for example, will give me a better idea than just asking the child or waiting for regular class test results.
Not sure if we have such online evaluation tests available in Canada yet.
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luking wrote: Thank you for replying.
What I am looking for is some sort of assessment to find out if child has been understanding the course material seriously or just goofing around during class time. Something like online test or quiz from particular chapters, for example, will give me a better idea than just asking the child or waiting for regular class test results.
Not sure if we have such online evaluation tests available in Canada yet.
Hmm, that's a bit more difficult. Which subject(s) are you looking for?

Does your child's school use TeachAssist? You can see marks for assignments and assessments as they come in rather than having to wait for a mid-term or final report card. Maybe the teachers use a different tool in your board to communicate marks between report cards. Or, you could contact the individual teachers and ask them.

Most textbooks have digital versions and might have supporting assessments, but the teacher would have access to those. It seems like what you're asking for is some sort of education version of WebMD. At the end of the day, just talk to your doctor.

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