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As the national debate on student testing and assessment continues at the highest levels of government, those at the grassroots of education - parents and educators - weigh in on what they believe is most important.
In a new study released from the Northwest Evaluation Association, we learn that parents, teachers, and district administrators in K-12 education want a whole child approach to educating each individual student. They want feedback that covers every academic subject as well as on the tangible and intangible skills needed to be college and/or career-ready.
This study also measured how parents think about their child's education and the priorities that were important to them. At least 90% cited the following priorities as extremely important or very important:
As a result of this study, the NWEA issued four recommendations. They believe this is a pivotal moment in the U.S. education system that demands deep reflection and engagement by all stakeholders. They urge policy makers to:
Download the full 25-page report, "For Every Child, Multiple Measures: What Parents and Educators Want from K-12 Assessments." This is a must-read report for parents, educators, and school administrators. And it is a powerful opportunity to discuss the critical role parents and families need to play in their children's education.
You can also watch a 5-minute video that highlights the report:
For Every Child, Multiple Measures - Overview from NWEA on Vimeo.
Photo Credit: Bindaas Madhavi
Posted on April 19, 2012 by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.
Marilyn is co-founder and president of the National ParentNet Association. A developmental psychologist and researcher, her work focuses on positive youth development, youth civic engagement, and family-school-community partnerships. Follow her blogs at Psychology Today and Roots of Action. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.
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