The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a dramatic change from the law it replaced, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). An important part of ESSA, as well as Illinois’s plan to implement the law, is the use of data to inform policymaking, to help teachers improve student achievement, and to aid families in supporting their child’s education. National PTA, in partnership with the Data Quality Campaign, has created a Parent Resource on Education Data.
The guide, a short one-page document, provides:
- An explanation of what education data is
- Examples of what data ESSA requires states and schools districts to collect and report
- Questions to ask your school and district leaders about education data, how it is used, and how it can help you support your child
- Information about how education can and can’t be used and who can access it
Be sure to read and share the Parent Resource on Education Data. PTAs should also consider working with their school or district to put on a workshop to help families understand education data and how they can use it to support their child’s education.