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The Colorado PTA Hosts a Live Forum on the Colorado Academic Standards

Common Core: Standards, Not Curriculum

Assessment and the Common Core

Common Core Overview: The Need for Improved Student Outcomes

Reflections on the Common Core From Educators

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.  What parents, schools, and communities can do together to support student success.

Election Guides

National PTA has partnered with Nonprofit VOTE to produce several resources around the election for our members.

Our Children Magazine
Every Child in Focus Campaign
PTA Military Alliance for Parents and Partners
Parents’ Guide to Student Success
Special Education Toolkit
Family Engagement in Education Act
Colorado PTA Position on Education Standards

Colorado PTA is pleased to announce its support of the Colorado Academic Standards as they align with the Common Core State Standards and has partnered with the Colorado Department of Education to develop parent, family, and teacher resources to help understand what those standards consist of.

Colorado PTA supports Standards-Based Education.  This is based on a position taken in 1996 titled “Standards-Based Education (PS-1996)” which states that “The Colorado PTA  supports standards-based education in Colorado schools as implemented in House Bill 93-1313, focusing on standards for what students should learn in academic subjects, measurements of their progress in meeting the standards, and changes in curriculum to help them meet the standards.”

Please visit our Colorado Academic Standards page to learn more!

 

National PTA Position on Education Standards

National PTA has adopted several position statements and resolutions, beginning in 1981, in support of voluntary, clearer, higher academic standards for all students. National PTA’s position statement on Education Emphasis covers PTA’s position on standards. Specifically, National PTA:

  • Supports nationally agreed upon voluntary standards if they are derived by consensus at the state and local levels. Parents must be involved in this process.
  • Opposes federal legislation and/or regulations that mandate standardized testing or would lead to such testing, as well as federal policies that mandate comparisons of states, school districts, or individual schools and student retention based on a single test or sole criterion and the practice of social promotion.
  • Believes that valid assessment does not consist of only a single test score, and that at no time should a single test be considered the sole determinant of a student’s academic or work future.
National PTA recently released a Common Core video series to educate parents on the standards and empower them to support the transition at school and home. The series features 14 videos—developed in partnership with the Hunt Institute—to dispel the myths and provide accurate information about Common Core.
Watch the series at PTA.org/CCSSVideos.

For more information you can visit National PTA.

The Smart Talk

Your kid is awesome. Smartphones are awesome. But awkward conversations about online safety and privacy? Not so awesome. Until now.

The Smart Talk gets parents and kids together to have a clear conversation about all the devices you use and how to be responsible.

Start the Conversation Now

TEEN LIFE DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS

Click on the images below to download a copy of the Publications. Or visit Teen Life to learn more.

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The Positive Relationship Between Family Involvement and Student Success

In the 2002 research review A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement,Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp conclude that there is a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and student success, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, or parents’ level of education. To put it another way, when families are involved in their children’s learning both at home and at school, their children do better in school. The report also points to specific types of involvement as being especially beneficial to children’s academic success.

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National PTA Family Reading Experience Engages Families in Literacy