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Public Information and Reporting
If parents are to engage effectively with their children’s schools, they need to be well-informed. Sustained community engagement in schools, a key component of student success, depends on the flow of quality information to parents and other stakeholders.
Federal law requires states to produce school-level report cards that share a few key elements: student achievement in reading and math, high school graduation rates, and basic teacher qualifications. Some districts also produce their own school report cards. What’s required in these report cards is absolutely necessary and should stay on school report cards.
But there is a lot of other information parents should know that is not currently available to the public. Ed Trust has compiled jurisdiction-specific fact sheets to identify the types of information parents lack but still need if they are to be thoroughly informed about how well our schools are serving all our children.
Note: These 26 jurisdictions are not a representative sample of all state and district school report cards, but they include some states that are leading the way on data availability, and some of the larger and higher capacity districts.
- In “Parents Want to Know,” The Education Trust outlines how the data collection required by current federal law fails to meet the needs of parents. The brochure suggests six key areas in which parents need more and better information: student achievement, climate, funding, high schools, school districts, and teachers.
For more information:
- Check out Ed Trust’s bilingual blog for parents, Closing Gaps/Cerrando Brechas, authored by Applied Anthropologist Rima Brusi.
Other Recent Efforts
- Read the Ed Trust statement warning that passing the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act into law would harm millions of American students who are trying to learn their way to a brighter future and earn their way into the middle class.
- Ed Trust joined a diverse coalition of 79 groups to file an amicus brief in the Affordable Care Act case at the Supreme Court, to argue that a ruling by the court that Medicaid expansion amounted to federal coercion would jeopardize other important funding streams, like Title I funding.
Additional items of interest:
- Fifty organizations, including The Education Trust, cosigned a letter to Members of Congress urging them to oppose the Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal offered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Its draconian cuts to education and other programs would adversely affect the most vulnerable Americans, and could jeopardize the country's economic recovery.
- The Education Trust joined 902 organizations in asking the chairs and ranking members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to provide the largest possible funding allocation to education, health and human services, and labor as allowed by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
- Ed Trust President Kati Haycock wrote to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), and their colleagues on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction asking them to protect federal investments in education.
- The Ed Trust and 531 other organizations urged members of the U.S. Senate and House appropriations committees to consider the vital role education and other domestic programs play in restoring the country’s financial health and stability.
- As Congress looks to reauthorize ESEA, Ed Trust joined a coalition of organizations to acknowledge the Senate's Moderate Democrats’ Working Group in their call for a "strong, bipartisan bill" with an accent on equity.