Ohio PTA Awarded Grant to Empower Parents to Read, Interpret and Take Action on Education Data
Columbus, Ohio April 30, 2019—National PTA has awarded Ohio PTA with a two-year grant to educate parents on school report cards and empower them to advocate to ensure this data is accessible, transparent and actionable. Ohio PTA is one of only five state PTAs nationwide selected to receive a grant.
“The Every Student Succeeds Act requires school districts and states to annually release a school report card, which includes important information about school environment, demographics and performance on the state, local and school level. This data, however, doesn’t always speak for itself,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “We are pleased to provide Ohio PTA with resources to empower parents to read, interpret and take action to turn school report cards into results for their child’s school.”
With the grant, Ohio PTA will host educational events, trainings, and develop, disseminate materials to educate parents on school reports cards to help them read and interpret the reports. Ohio PTA will also empower parents to advocate to ensure education data is accessible and transparent, and how to use education data to demand improvements that lead to school and student success. Additionally, Ohio PTA will bring together parents and state and local policymakers to elevate the issue of data transparency and utilization and facilitate improvements.
Susan Hans, Ohio PTA President stated, “School report cards contain important information for families. With this grant, Ohio PTA will be able to assist parents in understanding and using that data to further student success in their school districts. Helping families advocate for their students is a key part of Ohio PTA’s family engagement plan.”
The grant program is part of National PTA’s new From Report to Results campaign and the association’s mission to ensure that parents and families are meaningfully supported and engaged in their children’s education.
PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.