Opportunities and Responsibilities for State and Local Report Cards, is aimed at assisting educators with both the design and implementation of report cards, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It follows the release of a special Parent Guide to State and Local Report Cards by the Department late last year.
“State and local report cards should be a rich source of information for parents to understand exactly how their child’s school is performing, how much is being spent on their child, and how it compares to other schools in their community,” the Secretary said. “But, if report cards are hard to understand or obfuscate, they will not serve their intended purpose, which is to empower families with relevant, accurate, and actionable data. The information released today is meant to help state and local leaders make sure that the report cards they are developing, as required by law, achieve ESSA’s intended goal.”