(2021, May) | Useful to Parent Centers and other organizations who work with families and support how school data are communicated to parents and the public

Data on its own may not mean much to parents who don’t understand it. Narrative explanations, simple definitions, and high-quality translations go a long way toward ensuring that all parents can use and act on report card data.

This article  from the Data Quality Campaign, fully titled Show Communities the Data: Best Practices for Communicating Data to Parents and the Public, discusses how to help parents make sense of data. The best report cards are the ones that help users understand what that data means for actual students and families. By adding narrative explanations alongside data, state leaders ensure that parents interpret report card data correctly and see how that information connects to their own students.

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