National PTA®

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools.

PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

California State PTA

We connect families, schools and communities. California State PTA represents more than 800,000 members. As part of a century-long, nationwide, grassroots movement, California State PTA is a professional, non-profit volunteer organization committed to the well-being of all children and families.

Focus Areas:


California State PTA is committed to connecting families and schools by providing a range of information, resources and training to empower parents to actively participate at all levels of decision-making: from the school site, to local school boards, to state and federal government bodies.

Student assessments:

How have assessments changed? For years, most year-end tests were mainly multiple-choice exams that focused on basic skills. These tests did a poor job of measuring the skills students need for success after high school—like writing, critical thinking, and problem solving. With new education standards, states are working together to develop quality tests. California’s new assessment program — called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) — represents the next step in our state’s ambitious education remodeling project. As of spring 2015, California schools have replaced their old tests with new assessments built to let parents and teachers know how well students are learning the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world.

Tips for parents:

Our kids’ school success actually begins at home, and even the simplest steps can mean a big difference for your child’s future.



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