State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance to promote parent and family engagement.
Florida Parent Checklist
The Florida Department of Education developed a sample parent checklist to support parents' involvement in their child's education to be distributed by school districts to parents each year in accordance with the Family and School Partnership for Student Achiecement Act.
Florida Statutes 1002.23 Family and School Partnership for Student Achievement Act.
(2) To facilitate meaningful parent and family involvement, the Department of Education shall develop guidelines for a parent guide to successful student achievement which describes what parents need to know about their child’s educational progress and how they can help their child to succeed in school. The guidelines shall include, but need not be limited to:
- (a) Parental information regarding:
- 1. Requirements for their child to be promoted to the next grade, as provided for in s. 1008.25;
- 2. Progress of their child toward achieving state and district expectations for academic proficiency;
- 3. Assessment results, including report cards and progress reports;
- 4. Qualifications of their child’s teachers; and
- 5. School entry requirements, including required immunizations and the recommended immunization schedule;
- (b) Services available for parents and their children, such as family literacy services; mentoring, tutorial, and other academic reinforcement programs; college planning, academic advisement, and student counseling services; and after-school programs;
- (c) Opportunities for parental participation, such as parenting classes, adult education, school advisory councils, and school volunteer programs;
- (d) Opportunities for parents to learn about rigorous academic programs that may be available for their child, such as honors programs, dual enrollment, advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, International General Certificate of Secondary Education (pre-AICE), Advanced International Certificate of Education, Florida Virtual High School courses, and accelerated access to postsecondary education;
- (e) Educational choices, as provided for in s. 1002.20(6), and Florida tax credit scholarships, as provided for in s. 1002.395;
- (f) Classroom and test accommodations available for students with disabilities;
- (g) School board rules, policies, and procedures for student promotion and retention, academic Standard, student assessment, courses of study, instructional materials, and contact information for school and district offices; and
- (h) Resources for information on student health and other available resources for parents.