You may have heard the concerns regarding data collection and the implementation of the Common Core Standards. Misinformation about data and privacy are erroneously being tied with Common Core. The fact is that Common Core does not require data collection, and states have always collected data for the purposes of making informed decisions about improving the quality of education for decades.
It is PTA's view that parents should be provided with factual information and that helps them understand the importance of collecting data, maintaining privacy, and implementing high standards that do not change any rules or regulations regarding data. National PTA and the Data Quality Campaign are pleased to provide a resource for PTA leaders and the public around the hot topic of data collection and student privacy. The guide offers helpful tips for parents who want to know more about how their state collects, uses and protects their student's privacy.
Click here to view the What Every Parent Should be Asking about Education Data
Also be sure to check out President Ortha Thornton's blog on this subject
On July 11, 2013 the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013 (S. 1291/H.R. 2662) was introduced by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (RI), Christopher Coons (DE), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), and Representatives Glenn Thompson (PA) and Carolyn McCarthy (NY).
As PTA leaders and influencers know well, research demonstrates that family engagement in a child's education increases student achievement, improves attendance, and reduces dropout rates. The Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013 provides school districts the flexibility to identify programming that works best for individual communities and resources to build effective family engagement strategies. View a summary of this important legislation. Encourage your Senators and U.S. Representative to cosponsor at pta.org/takeaction.