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Helping Your Child Prepare for Tests

Many parents and teachers have strong opinions about the value of testing students. While the debate continues, children today are becoming part of a tested generation. With the current pressure on students to show what they know, many parents are concerned about their children’s ability to perform well on tests. What can parents do to help prepare children for testing? 



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