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Getting Involved in Your Child’s Education

Whether your child is new to school this year or getting ready to graduate, participating in their education is one of the most important things you can do to ensure their academic success. This fact sheet will define Parent Involvement, tell you what the research says, and give you some tips that can help you work more effectively with your child’s school. 

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? 



How do I log into my Starting Points Account?

Once you receive your account email, you can return to the Starting Points website and login with your new account name and password. You may also "click" the link in the email that will take you directly to your account (first time logon only), and enable you to change your password.

You may log into any page using the Log in link in the "Join Our Discussions" box on the right hand side (under the search box).

How do I post to the Parent Perspectives Forum?

You must first Register by Creating an Account. Then, select the "Parent Perspectives" tab to access the Forum.

There are two ways to make a post:

  1. Post a new topic OR
  2. Comment/Reply to an existing posting

To Post a New Topic:

Select the Post a new Forum topic link at the top of the page. This opens up a whole new page for your posting:

  1. Enter a "Subject"
  2. Select which Forum area you would like to post to (from the pull down menu)
  3. Enter your question, point of view, or experience in the "Body" area
  4. Select "Save" when you are done

To Comment/Reply to an Existing Posting

Select the posting to which you would like to add a comment. At the end of a new posting is a link "Add new comment". If multiple people have already commented, then you may have the option to "Add new Comment" or "Reply" to an existing comment. A new page opens up with a Subject field and a comment field. Add your subject and comments, and select "Preview" to review your posting. If all looks good, select "Save".

How do I register or create a Starting Points account?

We ask that you complete a simple profile to become a registered user of the Starting Points website. On the right hand side of the home page is a box with a login and password field. Within the box, below the entry fields is the "Sign Up" link. Select the Sign Up link to get started.

We verfiy all email addresses by sending a confirmation email to your email address. Be sure to enter a valid email address. Check your email for information on your login and password.

How do I report an website error or problem?

Maine Parent Federation wants Starting POINTS to be an accurate and up-to-date resource for community members.  We rely on community members to help us keep the site current.  If you find an error (i.e. an inaccurate web address or a resource that has changed its name or activities), please contact us at or via the "Contact Us" menu link at the top of each page.

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I'm Determined

The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.

I've forgotten my password, what do I do?

On the right hand side of the home page in the "Join Our Discussions" box, select the "Log in" link. You will be brought to a sign in window, in this window select the "Forgot your password" link. Enter your email address and a new password will be emailed to you.



The purpose of the information packet is to provide individuals with reader friendly information about IEPs. It includes the following topics:

  • All About IEPs
  • State and National Resources
  • Library Page

All information contained in this packet is for general knowledge, personal education and enrichment purposes. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. For specific advice, diagnosis and treatment you should consult with a qualified professional.

IEP Meeting Nuts & Bolts: What Parents Can Do to Get Ready

Going to your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting with teachers and administrators can seem overwhelming. It is important to remember that, as a parent or guardian, you are an important part of this team. You know your child better than anyone else. School staff need to know what your child is like outside of the school setting. They also need to know your child’s strengths and interests. Being prepared is a key to successfully developing an effective IEP for your child. Here are some ideas to help you organize and prepare information about your child.

IEP Process: Frequently Asked Questions

Information on the IEP process and form. Developed for the RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by the RI Technical Assistance Project (RITAP) and Providence College.

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Is it safe to post information on the Starting Points website?

Yes! We want to create a safe environment for all Starting Points community members.  When you register, we outline our posting guidelines to protect you and others. Our staff are involved in the site and regularly review content. In terms of your privacy, we prohibit the sharing of personal information and likewise we honor the information you share with us. For additional information, we suggest you review our Privacy Policy and our Forum Posting Guidelines.


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