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PTA Advocacy

PTA Parents' Guide to Student Success

The Parents’ Guide to Student Success (listed below in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted. (To find out if your state has adopted the standards, visit CoreStandards.org/In-The-States.) Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.      

National PTA® created the guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics).

The Guide includes:

  • Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.
     
  • Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning.
     
  • Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher. 
     
  • Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).

Implementation of the Common Core Standards is in its early stages. It is likely that they are not currently in place in your school or school district. Each state is working on developing its own timeline and plans to implement the standards. To find out more about your state's plans to adopt or implement the standards, please contact your state education agency.

PTAs can play a pivotal role in how the standards are put in place at the state and district levels. PTA® leaders are encouraged to meet with their school, district, and/or state administrators to discuss their plans to implement the standards and how their PTA can support that work. The goal is that PTAs and education administrators will collaborate on how to share the guides with all of the parents and caregivers in their states or communities, once the standards are fully implemented. Ultimately, the aim is for the Guide to be a tool for parents to build relationships with their children's teachers once the standards are fully in place.

Each grade level link below opens a printable Adobe PDF guide:  

Learn more about the Parents' Guides to Student Success and the Common Core State Standards at the National PTA website.

PTA is a CHILD & YOUTH Advocacy Organization

What is Advocacy?

Anyone who speaks for another is an advocate. PTA is an advocate for children, youth, and their families on a wide variety of child-related issues in the areas of education, health, well-being, and parent involvement. The purpose of advocacy is to communicate to decision makers to inform, educate, persuade or increase the level of awareness about an issue. Decision makers include elected and appointed officials, legislative bodies, school boards, School Based Decision Making (SBDM) Councils, and judges.

PTA: A Voice for All Children and Youth

Children can't vote. Lawmakers, whether they serve in state legislatures or the U.S. Congress, listen to voting blocks. Because children cannot vote and are therefore not heard, PTAs across the country exist as their voice. Whether they are trying to ensure children are immunized against disease, have access to a quality education, or protected against school violence, PTA members make themselves heard - "everychild.onevoice."