This idea—fully embraced—would make all Americans responsible and accountable for excellent schools and the positive development of all our young people. Every institution that influences positive outcomes for children and youth must be part of the agenda—schools, families, government, youth development organizations, health, mental health and family support agencies, higher education and faith-based institutions, community organizing and community development groups, unions, and business. Each brings assets and expertise; each must change how it does its work; and all must work together to close the opportunity gap
Through results-focused partnerships, the resources of all government and community institutions can be aligned and applied in a more coordinated and effective fashion.
- Results-focused Partnerships
The people and places affected by public policy must have a voice in its implementation. We propose that policy be developed to enable youth, parents, and community leaders as well as school leaders, including principals and teachers, to be partners in the planning and oversight of school reform and community initiatives.
- Youth, Parent, School, and Community Involvement
Effective coordination is essential at the school site. Research shows that students can and will achieve when resources to address their academic and other needs are tailored, coordinated, and accessible. We recommend policies that provide staff in every school who will coordinate results-focused partnerships, integrate school and community resources based on individual student needs, and engage parents as well as other community members.
- Community-School Coordination
A single standardized test should not be the only basis for judging schools or students.
- A Broad-Based Accountability Framework
- Public Access to Data
- Professional Development and Capacity-Building
- Increased Investments