Education Minister Anne Tolley is urging parents to tell schools what they think about new mid-year school reports using the national standards in reading, writing and maths.
Schools must report twice a year to parents about their children's progress and achievement against the standards.
The first of the written reports and parent interviews are expected about now.
Ms Tolley says schools are still learning how to work with the standards and feedback from parents will be useful.
She says parents should not be alarmed if their child does not meet a standard, as some are set at higher than normal age-group achievement.
Ms Tolley says parents should bear in mind that schools are still learning to work with the national standards and their first reports using them might not be 100% correct.