Families & the Community

Recent Headlines About Ways Parents Are Engaged In Schools

By Sarah Tully — July 11, 2016 1 min read
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As I peruse news about parent issues, I often find ways that schools and parents are being engaged around the country. Here’s a roundup of recent stories about family involvement.

Test Score Time

California is making it easier for parents to read reports on their children’s results of the state’s standardized tests, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, when they are released this summer. Results were released late for 3 million students last year, making it difficult for parents to understand. Read a story by Theresa Harrington in EdSource about what California is doing differently.

Where’s the A+?

While parents in California may be getting help reviewing test scores, parents in a suburban Chicago district are complaining that the schools are getting rid of letter grades on report cards. See a story by Diane Rado in the Chicago Tribune.

Here Come the Details

In May, I wrote a story about Florida’s new school choice law that will make it easier for students to transfer outside of their districts. Now that districts are preparing for the law to go into effect in 2017-18, Jeffrey S. Solochek of the Tampa Bay Times gives more details about the law and what districts are doing now.

What interesting family engagement stories have you seen? Please send me an email or post them in the comments section.

Contact Sarah Tully at stully@epe.org.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the K-12 Parents and the Public blog.