School Quality

Posted Nov. 7, 2017

I’m Sharing My Story Because It Matters

As parent leaders, we need to build trust, inspire hope and move people to action. Personal stories are one of the most powerful ways to…

By Toya Werkheiser

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Posted Oct. 9, 2017

Education Is the Surest Path Out of Poverty, Even If The Atlantic Reports Otherwise

One of the favored tactics of education reform opponents is to blame underperformance of schools on problems we cannot easily solve in order to avoid…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 2, 2017

Bad Schools Are Like Restaurants With Cockroaches, We Like Them Until We Discover the Cockroaches

When I sent my oldest child to school for the first time I wasn’t sure my wife and I had made the right choice. I…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Sep. 15, 2017

Kentucky’s 5-Star School Rating System is Poised for Greatness, But They Could Still Screw it up

If Kentucky’s new education plan lives up to expectations, it’s going to get a lot easier to understand how public schools are doing in the…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 8, 2017

Test Scores Are Important But I Wish Fordham Would Have Looked at What Else Matters to Parents and Community Members

One of the most important questions in education is: How will students and schools—district and chartered—be evaluated? While well intentioned, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted June 5, 2017

How States Are Approaching School Accountability

For the most part, what states measure for school quality has already been decided by federal law under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Every state,…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 1, 2017

Before You Panic About Your High School Ranking, Find Out What the Data Really Says.

Oh, the angst that could be prevented by a bit of accurate data. One of my neighbors recently posted to our community Facebook group lamenting…

By Elizabeth Dabney

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Posted May 11, 2017

A Parent’s Guide to the Changes Coming to Florida Schools

Let’s just start with the bottom line: Florida lawmakers passed a big education bill Monday that is mostly good for kids: It protects recess for…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 5, 2017

Kentucky’s School Accountability Plan Lacks Parent Voice

At first glance, it would appear Kentucky’s plan for tracking school performance, and stepping in when needed, is pretty…‘agreeable.’ In a survey from each of…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

This Parent-Friendly Tool for Checking School Grades Could Go National

Do your kids go to a good school? “Good” depends on who you ask, of course, but if you’re interested in knowing how well a…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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