Education department seeks parents’ help with state report card

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The Mississippi Department of Education is asking parents for feedback on school district report cards.

In a release sent Thursday, the department announced it is redesigning the Mississippi Report Card, an annual document that contains information about school and district demographics and academic performance.

The survey responses will be used by the state Department of Education to “help redesign the format, content, and look of the report card.”

The survey will help the department receive input from parents, along with stakeholder groups, and officials will also hold in-person focus group meetings “to determine exactly what data are most important and how best to present information in a way that is helpful to families and their communities,” according to the release.

The deadline to complete the survey is Dec. 15.

The state is required to share school and district performance under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a federal law that replaces the No Child Left Behind Act passed by Congress in 2001. State officials submitted the Mississippi Succeeds plan to the U.S. Department of Education for review in November and are awaiting feedback.

“We look forward to hearing from a diverse group of parents and citizens through this survey. The new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires that states publicly share how every school and district in the state performs. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to tell us how they want to receive that information,” Carey Wright, state superintendent of education said in the release.