How Good Are Parents at Rating Schools?



By Education Next 08/10/2010

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Marty West talks with Education Next about a new Harvard study that finds that parents grade their local schools based on student achievement, not minority enrollment.

Parents assign higher grades to schools with higher levels of student achievement, not schools in which students demonstrate greater gains.

The study found that parents from disadvantaged groups are no less informed about student achievement than better-educated or higher-income parents.

The study, “Grading Schools,” which will appear in the Fall 2010 issue of Education Next, is now available online.
A press release discussing the article’s findings is available here.




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