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New Visions for Public Schools: Using Data to Engage Families
Barbara Taveras, Caissa Douwes, Karen Johnson, with Diana Lee and Margaret Caspe
HFRP Founder & Director Heather Weiss was recently asked to contribute her thoughts on the Education Sector's Five Design Principles for Smarter Data Systems and their potential impact on cradle-to-career pathways in a guest post on the blog, The Quick and the Ed. Citing examples such as the New Visions School Data Snapshot, the post highlights the benefits of accessible and usable data systems to support learning in and out of school.
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Resources & Research From 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.
Barbara Taveras and Caissa Douwes from New Visions for Public Schools and Karen Johnson from BASE High School in New York City 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.
This article is part of the upcoming May 2010 FINE Newsletter. The FINE Newsletter shares the newest and best family involvement research and resources from Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders. To access the FINE Newsletter Archive, visit www.hfrp.org/FINENewsletter.
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