Parental Checklist, Student Bill Of Rights Among New Resources To Support Parents And Students
As millions of children prepare to head back to school, the feds announced new tools to help African-American students excel in the classroom.
A new parental checklist is a framework that moms and dads, mentors and teachers can use to improve African-American student performance and help close the so-called “achievement gap” between black students and their white peers.
“Our hope is that these tools support black families,” said David Johns, the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, “and all caring and concerned individuals who should be engaged in the work of supporting our children, our communities and our country, to ensure that excellence for all is not a goal, but something that is required and a prerequisite for how we do business.”
Using input from advocacy groups like the National Urban League, America Achieves and the United Negro College Fund, the U.S. Department of Education’s checklist includes questions parents can ask, like how educators will keep them informed on their child’s performance, how parents and teachers will make sure their child’s school is a safe, inclusive and supportive place and how educators and parents can work together if the child falls behind.
Also released was a student bill of rights, a guide to what parents and students should expect in education: access to high quality pre-school, elementary and secondary schools, as well as universities and community colleges.
African-Americans have historically lagged behind their white peers when it comes to overall student achievement. Black students are less likely to go to pre-school, and more likely to attend high poverty schools and drop out of high school, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.