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CCRI - ESSA Newsletter Oct 2017 Vol. 3 Issue 5
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Supporting your child in today’s academic environment

This newsletter series has presented information on College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS), the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and Assessments. These topics are important to understand the current academic condition in Michigan. However, what we, as parents, really want to know is how can we help our child succeed in this academic environment?

The parent’s impact on student success

Multiple studies have shown that students achieve more when families are engaged in the learning process. Whether you volunteer at your child’s school, communicate regularly with your child’s teacher, encourage and support your child’s learning at home, or advocate for school improvement at the district or state level, your efforts are likely to positively impact your child. Michigan PTA advocates for family engagement by providing support, education and resources on effective ways parents can become involved. National PTA states in their family engagement guide that “your child has the right to attend and succeed in a great public school.” All children are entitled to an education that will help them reach their full academic, professional and personal potential. Michigan PTA recognizes that as parents and guardians, you are .the best advocate to ensure this will happen.

Student success with college and career ready standards

College and Career Ready Standards can help our children succeed after graduation, in either higher education or the work force. However, higher standards must be implemented properly to be effective. Go to your school’s curriculum night and check that lesson’s and textbooks are aligned with the state’s academic standards. In Michigan, these are the Common Core State Standards. Check with your school and district that teachers are receiving adequate professional development to teach to the Standards. For a clear, concise description of what your child is expected to know at each grade level, you can download PTA’s Parent Guide for Student Success at These guides are separated into grade levels and apply to all states using the Common Core State Standards. Local PTA units should invite Michigan PTA to present on CCRS or ESSA or, you could host college and career member education event using this handy tool kit:  For further ideas on how to engage around college and career ready standards, download The 5 Pillars for success at

Engaging families in ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act Requires more parent involvement than ever before. Under this act, Parents need to be meaningfully consulted regarding ESSA implementation at the state and local level. This includes involvement in setting accountability measures. Title 1 schools must have a written family engagement policy and 1% of funding needs to be set aside for family engagement activities. You can advocate for your child and others under ESSA by doing these things:

·         Join PTA

·         Understand what ESSA means for your child

·         Volunteer to serve on your child’s school improvement plan


References and Resources to use now

What is College and Career Readiness   

US Dept of Ed College and Career Ready

Parent Guides to Student Success          

Making Sure Your Child Gets the Education

They Deserve                                        

Helping Your Teen Succeed in High School

ESSA Overview                                     

Family Engagement in ESSA                 

ESSA: What Does This Law Mean For

My Child                                               

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