A new guide, co-created by the Council for Chief State School Officers, Collaborative Communications Group, Data Quality Campaign, ExcelinEd, Learning Heroes and National PTA, helps states break down the process for creating report cards that are easy for parents and the public to access and understand. The State Guide to Building Online School Reports Cards is a 12-month, step-by-step timeline and guide outlining a process for states to develop a next-generation report card under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The streams of work are presented in four phases: gathering of requirements; design and content development; building, testing and launch; and sustainability and enhancement. Effective project management is critical for the development of a high-quality report card, and no one team within a state agency can do the work alone. These interconnected streams of work require close coordination of a robust project team of data experts, designers, developers, policy and communications experts, parents and community stakeholders
This guide is intended as a resource as states begin coordinating with data experts, designers, developers, policy and communications experts, parents and community stakeholders to develop accessible and high-quality report cards.