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  For the 8th consecutive year, all the students whom I tutored for the New York State Common Core examinations, have passed.  All have been promoted to the next grade, and or graduated.  Some of the students have received Academic Awards from their schools.  Tutoring takes much diligence, patience and determination.  There may be good and bad days, depending on how the students feel, but we did it.  I could not have done it without the parents, who are committed to their children's success.  I am very delighted.

So the school year started and so did the changes in our educational system. It used to be simple back in the days - kids went to school, teachers gave homework and parents helped to the best of their knowledge. And now, all of a sudden all these fancy words like Common Core, Data Driven instruction, placement tests, standardized assessments come into play. How does one make sense out of them? Textbooks now look so complicated that many parents can't even figure out what should their child carry to school or bring from school for that matter. Well, luckily Engage NY is a great resource that tries to make a little sense out of this educational cluster. I have accidentally come across a little brochure called "Parents Backpack Guide to Common Core". This publication is priceless! It helps with understanding the basics of the Common Core ELA and Mathematics standards and gives suggestions on how to best help your child as a parent.   So, I felt I have to share it... read more

There are many posts every year from parents who seek either for a tutor or for a teacher to make sure their kids would pass the test. B&N has very good curriculum books full of educational material to practice for the test. Those books are rightly called the "Complete Curriculum." All what the parents should do is to select a grade level. Those books go as high as up to the 5th grade.    While the math problems are easy to follow, for both reading and writing I am offering my help.   Alexei M.

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