Member Resources

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law governing K–12 education, includes provisions to ensure states, school districts, and schools collect and publish data that helps parents, educators, and policymakers make decisions and take actions that lead to student achievement. The Data Quality Campaign, in partnership with the National...

National PTA, in collaboration with Facebook through Lincoln Park Strategies, polled parents on the use of social media and messaging apps among young children. The findings show that the majority of parents with children under age 13 allow their children to use messaging apps and social media to stay in...

One perspective that is heard too rarely in the nation’s education debates is that of public school parents. To help strengthen their voice, the AFT commissioned Hart Research Associates to survey the nation’s parents and determine their priorities for education and their ideas for improving it.

National PTA has identified six critical ways states, school districts and schools should be engaging parents and families as part of ESSA or any new education initiative. Learn what they are, and use their new rubric to evaluate how your state, school district and school are doing.

The United States is a broadly diverse, multicultural nation. Our families and children have many different talents, backgrounds, opportunities and challenges. The National PTA's Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit is part of an ongoing effort to recognize and address the diversity of our communities and to make sure that all families...

National PTA, its constituent associations and advocates across the country are seeking to empower all families to be active participants in the state and local implementation of ESSA to ensure equity and opportunity for all students. This webpage offers roadmaps on how parents (and other education stakeholders) can get involved...

A recent National PTA white paper examines the essential role of family engagement in increasing students’ access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)—especially among girls and underrepresented youth. The white paper is the result of an analysis of STEM education research and STEM programs; a panel discussion...

Schools are in a unique position to identify and connect eligible children to health insurance. AASA, the School Administrators Association and the Children's Defense Fund have partnered to developing a provide school and community leaders and parents and child advocates with a framework to build community support for connecting children...

States and districts across the country have adopted college- and career-ready standards. In doing so, policymakers have shown their commitment to prepare all of their students for success after high school, whether they choose to go to college, jumpstart their careers, or enlist in the military. But making college-career readiness...

Too often, preparation for kindergarten does not begin until a month or two just before kindergarten begins. However, it is a process that is most successful when carefully planned out over the entire pre-kindergarten year. Whether a child is in preschool, child care or spending time with parents or caregivers...