I review books for Amazon, so I was able to get an advance copy of Debbie Stier’s The Perfect Score Project.

The Perfect Score Project is about Debbie Stier’s attempt to increase her SAT score, while at the same time motivate her unmotivated teenage son.  Since every week someone with an unmotivated son calls me for advice, I was very interested in her ideas on this topic.  In short, Stier believes kids benefit from deep parental involvement, seeing firsthand the benefits of hard work, and learning to work hard starting from a young age.

Reading The Perfect Score Project, I was struck by just how vital standardized test score results are in determining students’ opportunities.  Whether it’s getting into college or NYC private school, selective public school, advanced college courses or high school and middle school honors programs, standardized test results can either open or close the door.  In this high stakes environment, students had better be good test takers.