Educating parents about testing for the Common Core State Standards just got a boost from the GE Foundation, which granted the National PTA a one-year $240,000 grant to prepare state-specific assessment guides for every state that has adopted the standards, the PTA announced today.
The resource will supplement the National PTA’s “Parent’s Guide to Student Success,” which has been used throughout the nation by community partners, school districts and departments of education.
“The need for creating awareness of the standards remains a high priority. We believe that new resources focused on assessments and accountability systems must be included in the public dialogue to ensure that parents are knowledgeable about the standards and remain supportive during the transition phase in each state,” said Betsy Landers, president of the organization, in a prepared statement.
The common core standards have been adopted by all but four states.
The PTA indicates that research for the guides is underway in collaboration with the Center for Strategic Research and Communication, and individualized assessment guides will be available to every state based on their specific implementation and assessment timelines.
You can read the full PTA announcement here, and more about the PTA’s efforts on the Common Core here.
On the other hand, to read about parents who want to educate parents against the common core, you can check out my recent blog post on that issue.
A version of this news article first appeared in the K-12 Parents and the Public blog.