by Lori Morrow
Here are ten things parents and guardians can do in response to the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) graduation rate audit:
- Read the Executive Summary of the report if you haven’t already, regardless of what grade your child is in.
- Read the sections of the Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook that relate to attendance and graduation requirements (and the rest of it too if you can find the time).
- Make sure you are meeting your parent responsibilities by getting your child to school every day.
- Set high expectations for your children and provide them the support they need to meet them.
- Check grades and attendance regularly in the Schoolmax Family Portal and contact teachers if you see any errors/discrepancies.
- Attend parent teacher conferences to understand how your child is doing in school.
- Ask teachers and guidance counselors about graduation requirements that you don’t understand.
- Keep your own file (hardcopy or digital) of documentation for credit make-up work and Service Learning Hours.
- If you find that procedures are not being followed, bring that to the attention of someone at a higher level (whether that is the principal, the Instructional Director, the Ombudsman, the CEO or the Board of Education).
- If you see a better way to do things, bring that to the attention of someone as well. We can ALL find solutions.
To find out more about the Graduation Rate Audit:
PGCPS webpage: http://www1.pgcps.org/graduation-audit/
Maryland State Department of Education Press Release & complete report: http://news.maryland.gov/msde/independent-firm-completes-prince-georges-performance-audit/
Read the related post, “Ten Things PGCPS Can Do to Rebuild Community Confidence.”