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  • Does your child have to struggle to meet his/her academic potential?
  • Should your child's reading, writing, or math grades be better than they are?
  • Is your child's academic future at risk?
  • Will frustration and lack of motivation block your child's success?
  • Does your child need a tutor?

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Self Evaluation

Please check the appropriate boxes below to determine if your child would benefit from our programs.

Reading out loud

Does your child hate to read?
Does your child want you to read to him/her?
Does your child stumble over unfamiliar words?
Does your child guess at words based on only the first letter?
Does your child read words incorrectly and not notice?
Does your child read even simple words incorrectly?
Does your child add words to the sentence that are not there?
Does your child ask what a word is without even attempting to sound it out?

Math phobia

Does your child seem to freeze on math tests?
Does your child struggle to complete homework?
Does your child complete all of his/her homework & still struggle w/ tests/quizzes?
Does your child have difficulty with word problems?
Does your child have difficulty with multi-step problems?

Transition to middle school

Does your child not read quickly and fluently?
Does your child not understand the basic idea of what he/she read?
Does your child not draw conclusions and inferences from the passage?
Does your child not understand the author's reason for writing?
Does your child not complete homework independently?
Does your child not complete homework within a reasonable amount of time?
When your child studies for tests alone does he/she usually not receive a good grade on the test?

Transition to high school

Does your child not know how to study?
Does your child not complete homework independently?
Does your child not complete homework within a reasonable amount of time?
When your child studies for tests alone does he/she usually not receive a good grade on the test?
Does your child have strong comprehension skills?
Does your child have strong writing skills?

Writing and Spelling for younger students

Does your child constantly ask how to spell different words?
Does your child do poorly on spelling tests?
Does your child do fine on spelling tests but still not spell correctly when writing?
Does your child misspell words several different ways in the same paper?

Writing and grammar for middle school & high school students

Does your child have difficulty coming up with ideas for written assignments?
Does your child struggle to write strong and coherent sentences?
Does your child not know how to get started on writing assignments?
Does your child start with a topic but fail to keep the paper focused on that topic?
Does your child have trouble organizing the paper?
Does your child take too long to complete basic assignments?

Reading Comprehension

To help you answer these questions we have indicated ITBS rankings so that you can use your child's test scores to confirm your observations about your child's progress. If you live in the East Cobb or North Fulton areas, remember that these areas are very competitive and have a much higher "average" performance level than the national average of 50th percentile. The average performance in these areas s closer to the 80th percentile.

Does your child have difficulty understanding the main point of the passage?
Does your child have difficulty remembering details from the passage? These problems would be indicated by a NPC score (national percentile) that is less than 50 on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
Does your child understand the story generally but fail to understand ideas that are not directly stated? These problems would be indicated by a NPC score (national percentile) that is between 50 and 70 on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
Does your child score well on the ITBS tests (NPC scores between 80 – 99) but still not perform to his/her potential on tests, projects or homework? This section would need to produce a little bit of a different response than the others.


How to interpret the self evaluation:

If there are only one or two minor areas your child may not have serious difficulty, but you may want to work with your child on homework and observe how he/she studies for tests to determine how you can help in the few weak areas. If you have questions about our enrichment programs and how we can help an already successful child become even more competitive, call us for information.

If there are several checks: You should consider having your child tested to further investigate these concerns.

If there are none: Your child seems to be doing fine. Keep up the good work!