Children need clear and achievable expectations to succeed in school. Students do better when parents and teachers:
- Clearly state expectations for student performance
- Set specific goals and standards for desired behavior and performance
- Discuss expectations with youth, emphasize children's effort when completing tasks
- Ensure youth understand the consequences for not meeting expectations
The following resources can help you get started.
Grades at School — Standards and suggestions for turning poor report cards into a positive experience.
Truancy: Why It’s Important to Go to School — One of the most important things families can do to help children succeed is to make sure they attend school regularly.
Research: Standards and Expectations — Research summary for professionals discusses how expectations for performance held by key adults affects youth.