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Education Department debuts parent dashboard, seeks feedback

NYSED parent dashboard logo A new dashboard for parents debuted Oct. 29 giving parents easy access to school and district data from the New York State Education Department.

Rolled out as part of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act, the Parent Dashboard provides access to the following data for every school and district in the state, including PCSD:

  • Enrollment and ethnicity
  • Average class size
  • School climate
  • Accountability status
  • Assessment results
  • Financial transparency
  • Graduation rate
  • College, career and civic readiness
  • School/district location and contact information

The act requires schools receiving Title 1 funding to provide a report card each year detailing its performance and progress.

“Our ESSA plan contains strategies to improve equity, and one of those strategies is to provide data to parents in a way that is most useful to them through the Parent Dashboard,” said Board of Regents Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown. “The Parent Dashboard provides parents with the information necessary to be effective advocates for their children, helping them to achieve educational success.”

Interim Commissioner Betty A. Rosa said the dashboard is a way to maintain strong connections with families.

“A key aspect of this connection is transparency. The Parent Dashboard increases data transparency by providing parents with valuable information about their child’s school, enabling them to make informed decisions about their child’s education,” she said.

The department is asking parents to provide feedback via an online survey that is available in 17 different languages.