Resources for Parents

Over the past several years, many states have made significant changes to how students are taught and assessed. Unfortunately, not all of those changes have been clearly communicated, leaving some families unsure about how to best support their students. The resources below can help parents understand what has changed, why it has changed, and what it means for their students.


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Expect More Arizona’s Communications Toolkit for Schools and Districts

Expect More Arizona developed this communications toolkit (which includes both English and Spanish materials) in partnership with the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force to help schools and districts communicate with parents about the new AzMERIT test. Download Toolkit

National Center for Learning Disabilities’ “High School Assessments for Students With Disabilities in the Era of the Every Student Succeeds Act”

This paper provides policymakers and parents with background about ESSA’s new policy related to high school assessment and raises key considerations to make sure students with disabilities can fairly and equitably participate in these tests. Download Paper

Learning Heroes’ Guides to PARCC and Smarter Balanced

The Learning Heroes website offers a rich collection of resources from its partners—including the National PTA, Common Sense Media and the National Council of La Raza—to help parents understand the importance and focus of the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments. In addition to these Learning Heroes webpages, see also its Readiness Roadmap. The Readiness Roadmap guides parents on topics such as child emotional development, college planning, and more. The roadmap was put together based on input from parents through a national survey. The Smarter Balanced Test


The PARCC Test

Latino Policy Forum’s Assessment Guide for Parents

This guide provides parents with suggested questions to ask their student’s teacher, tips for understanding PARCC and links to other resources about state standards and assessments. View Guide in English

View Guide in Spanish

Delaware Score Reports Explained by the Delaware Department of Education

This video explains the Smarter Balanced Test Score Reports used in Delaware to give parents information about their student’s achievement. Watch Video