ESSA Helping Schools, Families Connect

ESSA Helping Schools, Families Connect

September 25, 2018

Education Week’s Francisco Vara-Orta writes that students do better when they have engaged parents (or other adults) to not only help with homework, but also serve as their advocate with educators. But for parents with multiple jobs, whose English language skills are limited, or who have limited education themselves, it can be hard to serve these roles for their children. Which is why some “leading-edge districts” are working to change that through ESSA. ESSA “requires states and districts to develop plans to work with families and surrounding communities. Vara-Orta notes that this “requirement has spawned a multistate endeavor to create guidelines and exemplars for schools and districts to follow.”