America Just Got Our Nation’s Report Card; So, When’s the Parent-Teacher Conference?

MIAMI, Fla (September 1, 2022) As a result of pandemic-related disruptions to K-12 education, America’s students fell farther behind in reading and math over the last two years than at any other time over the past 20 years, according to data released today by the National Center for Education Statistics.

In response to the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Long Term Trend Assessment, which indicated overall declines in student academic achievement and a widening achievement gap for Black and Hispanic students, National School Choice Awareness Foundation (NSCAF) President and CEO Andrew Campanella issued the following statement:

In everyday life, when a parent reviews a child’s report card and sees a C, D, or F, they can expect to have a conversation with their child’s teacher and develop a plan to get learning back on track.

That same spirit of collaboration is necessary today, as parents, educators, and policymakers review results from The Nation’s Report Card. These results demonstrate that our country faces significant challenges in K-12 education, including a growing literacy crisis that threatens our most vulnerable children.

We must all work together to help kids succeed, and to provide parents of struggling students with support, resources, and meaningful options. For example, moms and dads repeatedly tell us that they want resources to meaningfully assess their children’s learning progress, access to free online learning resources and free tutoring, information about the K-12 school choice options available for their children, and more choices for their children’s education.

Over the past year, debates over K-12 education have too often focused on divisive topics that fuel outrage. It’s time to turn the page on this division, and we will continue to work to unite Americans in finding solutions to the learning and literacy challenges we face. Parents, students, and teachers deserve no less.

To support families in advancing their children’s learning, National School Choice Week, a charitable program of NSCAF, offers a variety of practical and unbiased resources for parents across the U.S. These resources include guides to assessing a child’s learning progress; free online learning resources; free tutoring; and state-by-state school choice options.

The National School Choice Awareness Foundation (NSCAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to improve K-12 education in the U.S. and support the success of America’s students by raising equal awareness of the traditional public, public charter, public magnet, private, online, and home education options available to families.

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Alissa Jacques

Manager, Digital Communications

Alissa Jacques serves as manager of digital communications at the National School Choice Awareness Foundation (NSCAF). In this role, Alissa oversees the organization’s English-language social media presence and develops high-impact advertising campaigns to inform, inspire, and empower parents about their K–12 education options.

Previously, Alissa owned her own digital marketing agency, served as an adjunct writing professor at Bloomfield College, and spent two years as an elementary school teacher at Democracy Preparatory Charter School in New York.

Alissa attended both public and private schools as a child, where she developed a love for creative writing. She holds a bachelor of arts in education policy and entrepreneurship from New York University, and a master of arts in sociology of education from Teachers College at Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, scrolling through TikTok, and exploring NYC with her husband and cavapoo, Russ.