A new education bill passed by the Mississippi House would require that a section be added to every child’s report card in which teachers give parents A, B, C or D marks on their involvement in their children’s schooling.
Teachers would grade parents along several categories including responsiveness to teacher communication, preparedness for tests, attendance and homework.
Supporters of the Parental Involvement and Accountability Act argue it will improve students’ chances of doing well in low performing public schools. Opponents of the bill, which is now headed to the Mississippi state senate, argue that it is difficult to measure a parent’s impact on a child’s education given so many variables. Some children may do well despite a difficult home life and some parents are just stretched for time trying to provide for their children in other ways.
If the bill becomes law, it would go into effect at the beginning of the next school year.