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Three simple steps to boost school success

Three surprisingly easy ways to help your child succeed.

Playing hooky: What days of school not to miss

It's OK to miss a few days of school, but these dates are important not to skip.

Get your child to ask questions at school

Kids who ask questions in class do better in school than those who don’t.

Facts (and fiction) about school test scores

They're never the whole story, but test scores do offer important information about a school. If you know how to dig deeper.

How we calculated these lists: 2012 test score trends using GreatSchools Ratings for California public schools

Have you seen our lists of most improved elementary, middle, and high schools for 2012? How about the top scoring, bottom scoring, most improved, and fastest falling school districts? Here's how we calculated these lists.

Start the School Year Right: Tips From Our Experts

Whether it's finding more time for family activities or getting better organized for school, the start of a new school year is a good time to rethink and plan ahead.

Spending far from equal among state's school districts, analysis finds

California districts spend wildly different amounts per student.

Third- through fifth-grade: back-to-school supply list

Here's a basic list if you don't have one from your child's school yet.

Should I send my child to a single-sex school?

Learn more about single-sex schools, and what advocates and detractors say. Then decide for yourself.

Parent cliques: how to handle them at your child's school

What to do when you feel left out of the "in" crowd at your child's school? Follow the advice of the experts: moms and dads who've been in the trenches and made it work.

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