Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Seeking to engage parents more in their children’s education, the Obama administration on Friday released a checklist of questions they should be asking schools.

“I have never met a parent who doesn’t want the best for their child. However, it can be hard for families to know how to support their child’s education,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. “Engaging with their educators is a good place to start.”

The checklist is divided into sets of questions officials say parents should ask educators. They cover such areas as the quality of education, how progress is measured, school safety and student engagement.

It also encourages parents to talk to their children about their education.

The Education Department partnered with the United Negro College Fund, the national Parent-Teacher Association and other organizations to create the guide for parents and caregivers.

Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, said it was important to dispel the notion of minority parents being disengaged. He said parents still need assistance.

“The Parent Checklist is a powerful resource that can help gauge whether a child is being sufficiently prepared for the quality education they deserve,” said Lomax. “Help is on the way.”