ESEA Grant Resources and Tools

Parent Communication & Engagement

The ESEA requires that "schools engage parents in regular, 2-way communication that is meaningful and pertains to academic learning and other school activities". The parent engagement requirements for schools and districts serving students through Title I are:

    • District Parent and Family Engagement Policy
    • School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Policy
    • School-Parent Compact
    • Annual Meeting for Title I parents
    • Parent Notification

6 Keys to Engage Families


National PTA has identified six critical ways states, school districts and schools should be engaging parents and families as part of ESSA or any new education initiative. Use the rubric on the back to evaluate how we are doing!

Parent Checklist

What parents can ask and do to ensure their child is thriving at school.

As a parent or caregiver, you have a key role in your child’s education—you can help bridge your child’s transition from home to school, and give him or her the best chance at success in learning and in life. While your child’s education begins at home, this tool provides you with a set of questions to ask, and important issues to consider when approaching your child’s teachers, principals and counselors about his or her development. As a parent or caregiver, it can be hard to know how to support your child’s learning, but asking your child’s educators the right questions is a good place to start.