The National Assessment Governing Board is hosting a one-day event in Arlington, Va.,on Jan. 13 to teach parent leaders how data and tools from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) can be applied to boost academic performance and close the achievement gaps that persist among students. The Education Summit for Parent Leaders aims to provide parents with essential knowledge to communicate with their local and state leaders about school-improvement efforts targeting student achievement.
“In our nation, too many students are performing at levels that are unacceptably low,” the National Assessment Governing Board, which supervises the NAEP tests, states in its release. “Low achievement threatens students’ chances to get well-paying jobs, act as informed citizens, and lead fulfilling lives.”
Participants will hear addresses from civil rights leaders and parent advocates, including Janet Murguía, the president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza, and Otha Thornton, president of the National PTA. A panel discussion will stress the importance of forming parent partnerships to advocate for closing the achievement gap.
Space is limited to 150 people for the free event, but the summit can be viewed via a live stream on the Internet.
A version of this news article first appeared in the K-12 Parents and the Public blog.