The testing agency, EQAO, (Education Quality and Accountability Office), recommended that parents can help improve their children's reading, writing and mathematics skills in these ways:
- That parents talk about reading regularly with their children by discussing what they are reading, helping them understand it and encouraging them to read a wide range of materials in any language.
- That parents regularly listen to their children read.
- That teachers and parents work together to engage students in enjoyable and useful writing activities such as lists and notes about everyday activities, poems, letters, neighbourhood news-letters or classroom publications.
- That schools have mathematics fairs that involve parents and/or initiate family mathematics programs (in which parents and children work together on mathematical concepts).
- That teachers communicate with parents, describing home-based and out of school activities they can do with the children to develop mathematical skills in number sense, measurement, patterning geometry, graphs and probability.
- That teachers and parents work together to engage students in enjoyable and useful mathematics activities (e.g., mathematical journal writing and mathematics field trips) and using mathematics in the home (e.g., measuring for new carpets, working with recipes) and asking children to explain their thinking.