The Good News
Once you see where your child falls in the norm, you will have a better idea of where they need to improve. However, you also want to remember that the tests do not test everything.
Schools are set up to test only the mainstream skills such as reading, language arts, and math, science, and other liberal arts. The world is slowly getting away from some of this and it is beginning to recognize the importance of being highly specialized in other disciplines, such as technology, the arts, and mechanics work, to name a few.
The world needs specialists. Colleges and universities are starting to heed to this call, but public institutions will probably be the last to jump aboard. Loyalists of traditional education will want to hang onto the notion that the “3 Rs" cover all that is needed until they cannot do so any longer.
Remember when interpreting test results that the test will not test skills that your child may focus on in his or her career. Why is this good news? Because it means that, though such tests are a necessary requirement that kids must deal with while they are in school, they could very well be superior in those areas that are not focused on in such tests, and this could propel them to greatness even faster than those who take the traditional route to a career.
That being said, the tests are an important piece of information for you as a parent and you should talk to your child’s counselor about their future career if you are concerned about how it might affect their entrance into college later on and have them help you create a constructive plan that will help them increase their chances for success, whether they take a traditional or non-traditional route.