Concerned about testing?

An educational assessment provides a snapshot of student performance at one point in time; it does not capture everything about the student, the school, or the district, nor does it give a perfect picture of even that one point in time. Test scores provide good information, but they can’t tell a school’s whole story. The best way to know if a school is right for your child is to visit it. To find out more about testing and how it is used in North Carolina, take a look at PsychoBabble, an ongoing series of articles about educational testing (in North Carolina and across the country) designed to clear up misconceptions, explain score reports, and answer your questions.

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Navigating DPS

Few things stress out modern parents like sending their children off to school. Parents wonder, “Will my child fit in? Will he make friends? Will she be able to sit still long enough to do her work? Will the school challenge my child?” We are fortunate in Durham to have so many choices. With those choices, however, often comes bewilderment as we attempt to sort through the schools available to find a good match for our children. This article will attempt to help you choose the right school for your child. The first section deals with things to consider as you prepare to send your child off to kindergarten, middle school, or high school. Section 2 explains the application process at DPS and answers such questions as, “What is a walk zone? Can I apply to both a magnet school and a year-round school?” Section 3 gives individual school profiles for all the schools in DPS. Happy searching!

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How to Choose a Kindergarten for Your Child

Sending a child to Kindergarten is a big transition for the child and for the family. This essay will give you some ideas and direction for your school search process. After each section there will be suggested questions. These will be good to have as you begin your search process.

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