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ERIC Number: ED510231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
New Visions for Public Schools: Using Data to Engage Families
Taveras, Barbara; Douwes, Caissa; Johnson, Karen
Harvard Family Research Project
The U. S. Department of Education has adopted using data for school improvement as one of its major education reform priorities. However, as states, districts, and schools develop new approaches to track academic progress, both accessing and understanding data are often out of reach for average parents. While school leaders and teachers have begun to share and analyze student data, parents are too often left out of the conversation. This is unfortunate, because data use presents a great opportunity for parents to become involved in their children's education with a focus squarely on student achievement. In this paper the authors share how high schools in New York City have begun to engage families in students' academic success and college readiness by supporting parents in understanding achievement data. This case study makes clear that supporting parents in grasping and utilizing this information is a shared responsibility among schools, families, and students. (Contains 3 figures and 3 footnotes.) [This report was written with the assistance of Diana Lee.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project
Identifiers - Location: New York