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States Should Be Giving You Useful Data About Your Children's Schools

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

While report card day is a moment of truth for students, when is the time for states to pony up accurate information about how they're doing to parents? The answer in too many states is not often enough.

How Should I React to My Child's Report Card?

Diana Grycan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Diana Grycan

I always encourage parents not to show their children their report cards, but rather to discuss areas in which they would like to help them function better in the classroom. This is a great place for opening communication.

Do School 'Reformers' Need to Keep Two or Three Sets of Books?

John Thompson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
John Thompson

If we really want to help kids, we should craft a fair and private system of performance evaluations and build a fire wall between that rubric and other statistical systems. We should then concentrate on public data systems to help schools improve.

Controversial Grades For Schools Released In Indiana

The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, Ind. | Sue Loughlin | Posted 01.01.2013 | Education

TERRE HAUTE -- Eighteen Vigo County schools received As and Bs, five received Cs, two scored Ds and two (including one now closed) got an F under the ...

Report Cards Give Wisconsin Schools Look At Student Growth

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Erin Richards | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education

No matter how excellent the teaching force at ALBA School on Milwaukee's south side, third-graders might never score well in reading on the state stan...

State Auditor Launches Investigation Into Attendance Cheating

Posted 07.27.2012 | Education

The Ohio auditor's office on Thursday launched a statewide investigation into how attendance is reported by schools and the state Department of Educat...

It's the End of the School Year -- Have Pity

Larry Strauss | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

This time of year, I always get asked to give students a D instead of an F. "He already got into college! What a shame if he couldn't go," I'm told. Yes, but it's also a shame if he goes and doesn't succeed because we never held him accountable.

More Mistakes Found In New York's Error-Laden Exams

Posted 05.09.2012 | Education

The errors on New York's state exams just keep mounting. Foreign language versions of the state math exams administered to third through eighth gra...

Count Colleges Like Calories

Sheila Simon | Posted 05.05.2012 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

Our food has nutritional labels noting calories, fat, and sodium content that help us make informed decisions. Parents and prospective students could use similar help when it comes to making decisions about college.

Principal Under Fire For Reportedly Calling Students 'Less Smart'

Posted 03.17.2012 | Education

A Tennessee high school principal has issued a letter of apology to parents and students for saying the school's black students are "less smart," as e...

Student Graduation Threatened In School Course Credit Scandal

Posted 02.01.2012 | Education

A Bronx school in New York is under investigation for allegations of credit irregularities that could threaten some students' abilities to graduate th...

Evaluating Bloomberg School Reform -- Do You Want to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

Alan Singer | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

According to CUNY college tests, only 1.1 percent of the New Height Academy's graduates were actually prepared to do college level work without remediation. This is for a charter school that received a grade of "A" from New York City Department of Education assessors.

Just One-Quarter Of New York City High Schoolers Are College-Ready

Posted 12.25.2011 | Education

Just a quarter of students graduating from New York City high schools this year were prepared for college coursework, and fewer than half of all New Y...

What to Do When America Gets an F on Its History Report Card

Louise Mirrer | Posted 08.22.2011 | Education
Louise Mirrer

Can you identify a photograph of Abraham Lincoln and give two reasons why he was important? If so, you are doing better than 91 percent of American fourth graders.

Beyond The Conference: Teachers Should Grade Parents, Says Florida Lawmaker

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As lawmakers continue to debate education reform, Florida Rep. Kelli Stargel has a new idea: give teachers a break and grade parents instead. Stargel...

No Matter What the Report Card Shows

Linda Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Linda Silverman

Today we were told that our "A" school is now a "B" school. I could say we are still the school we were a year ago, but I don't think that would be true. We have gotten better.