DQC has been reviewing state report cards annually since 2016. In that time, we’ve seen many examples of how states communicate data to parents and the public. This three-part blog series, leading up to the publication of DQC’s Show Me the Data 2021 report later this month, expands on some of the best practices our research team has identified over the years.
Parents and the public want information on how schools are serving their students. The most effective report cards go the extra mile to help parents find the information that answers their questions and provide context for how those numbers relate to their student’s unique needs and goals. State leaders should consider the following best practices to make their report cards easily understandable and useful to parent and community audiences:
Over the past five years, state leaders have made strides in using their report cards to meet accountability and transparency goals. Now they need to take the next step in using report cards as a tool to communicate with parents and the public. This work means prioritizing aspects like design and user experience, which make a huge difference in how quickly and reasonably parents are able to find answers to their questions. By thinking intentionally about how they communicate report card data, state leaders can ensure that parents, families, and other members of the public have the information they need to support their student’s success.
SOURCE ARTICLE: Data Quality Campaign
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