Ed100 Parent Leader Guide: Achievement


Designed to help busy leaders, this ready-to-go guide makes it easy for you to have conversations that matter. It’s all here: Lessons, sample email invitations, discussion prompts, suggestions on how to take action, and resources including handouts and additional reading.

(Still not sure what this guide is all about? Read the Getting Started section first!


The Basics
(Ed100 Lessons to Read and Share)

Here are lessons and posts that can help you. Follow these links to read them; scroll down for suggestions about how to share them.

In this section on Achievement, these lessons examine how our children are doing individually, but also how our schools are doing compared to the rest of the district, county, state, nation and the world. The way that California measures school success has changed.

California Context: Are California Schools Really Behind?

Ed100 Lesson 1.1: "California kids are just like other states’ kids, right?"

English Spanish

International Context: Are U.S. Schools Behind the World?

Ed100 Lesson 1.2: Education in other countries has improved faster than in America.

English Spanish

Progress: Are Schools Improving?

Ed100 Lesson 1.6: Are schools getting better? The answer may surprise you…

English Spanish

Making the Grade: Measuring School Performance

Ed100 Lesson 9.7: How is my school being measured, now?

English Spanish

Communication Resources and Samples

Email or Newsletter
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How's our school doing?

California's systems for rating and ranking schools is changing. I'm writing to share lessons with you from Ed100.org that explain the changes. These changes are a good opportunity for us to talk about our school, and what we want it to be for our kids.

The California State PTA is working with Ed100.org to help create better-informed school communities. The lessons linked below each take about five minutes to read, and they are available in both English and Spanish. By learning together, we will have more fun, learn more, and have a much bigger chance of turning insights into actions for our school. When you go to Ed100.org, please sign in and remember to select our school in your profile. This will help us keep track of our progress... and might help us win some money in one of Ed100.org's drawings, too!

Please join our school's Ed100 team on ___date at ___time in ___location. We will be discussing the lessons below:

Looking forward to great conversations!

Social Media
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California's school rating systems are changing. Ed100.org’s Parent Leader Guide is helping us understand it.
Read the lessons and come share your thoughts at our next meeting!


Join us at our ____ meeting at _____ for a discussion using Ed100 about California's new school rating systems. Looking forward to great conversations!



Are California schools really behind? What about USA schools? Learn more with @Ed100_ at our _/_ mtg at ____


Join us #/# at __pm to learn more about new school ratings using @Ed100_

Getting Ready for Your Meeting
(Discussion Prompts, Ideas for Action and More)

Discussion Prompts

  • What did you learn from the pre-reading materials from Ed100?
  • California's schools tend to rank poorly on national and international comparisons. Does this surprise you? What can your school do differently?
  • What measurements of success is your school using? Where can you see that information? Is it reliable? How is it being used?

Ideas for Action

  • Review your school's report cards, available from your school district:
    The SARC (School Accountability Report Card)
    Data from the Ed-Data Partnership
  • Review your school’s test score (CAASPP) results
  • One of the best ways to understand a test is to try it out yourself. Here are some practice tests:


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