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New Guide Helps Educators Communicate Test Results

Helping parents and your community understand student assessments and test scores is a recurring challenge--and dreaded exercise--for most educators. The National School Public Relations Association has just released Communication Planning and Strategic Tactics for Releasing High-Stakes Test Scores to assist school leaders in releasing high-stakes test scores and explaining those results as well as the need for such tests to parents and their communities.

  

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NEW Resources on School Choice and Vouchers  

Measures to create or expand private school choice--vouchers, tuition tax credits, and other funding mechanisms--are being debated in Washington and numerous state legislatures. The Learning First Alliance has compiled resources and information for public school advocates in a new School Choice webpage. 

LFA hosted a webinar, "School Vouchers: What You Need to Know," which discusses how vouchers or tax credits for public money to private schools will impact public schools, federal funding, IDEA and students' civil rights protections.

 

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School Counselor of the Year Leads Students to New Opportunities

The American School Counselor Association recently named Terri Tchorzynski of Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek, Mich., its 2017 School Counselor of the Year. Ms. Tchorzynski works with students in 11th and 12th grades to match their interests and abilities to CACC's 20 programs in fields from engineering to health care and culinary skills. "I want to be the person they know they can always rely on when they need help or support," she says in a Q&A with Learning First Alliance.

The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. We share examples of success, encourage collaboration, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.

Members of the Learning First Alliance

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
AASA: The School Superintendents Association
American Federation of Teachers
American School Counselor Association
Consortium for School Networking
International Society for Technology in Education
Learning Forward
National Association of Elementary School Principals

National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Education Association
National PTA
National School Boards Association
National School Public Relations Association