New report from GreatSchools.org reveals whether or not states are providing easy access to high-quality education data

Education data transparency varies widely across the U.S.; Michigan, Massachusetts, and Georgia top state rankings.

OAKLAND, CA (March 7, 2019) — Access to education data can help parents, educators, policymakers, researchers, and advocates understand how our schools are educating our children and preparing them for a successful future. The data can uncover successes to celebrate and learn from; it can also reveal gaps where improvements may be desperately needed. Yet there is a wide variation in how states provide this important information about our public schools. Today, GreatSchools.org released a new report, “Finding the Data: A State-by-State Assessment of Education Data Transparency.” Continue reading “”

GreatSchools.org Appoints a New Chief Executive Officer

Jon Deane will lead GreatSchools.org in supporting parents across the country

OAKLAND, CA (February 1, 2019) — GreatSchools today announced education leader Jon Deane will become its new Chief Executive Officer. Jon will take charge at the nation’s leading nonprofit organization reaching America’s parents with essential information on education. Last year, over 43 million users came to GreatSchools.org to understand how schools are serving their children based on multiple measures of quality and for parenting support content to help guide the educational success of their child. Jon comes to GreatSchools after a long track-record as a leader in education innovation, most recently at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where he served as Director of Education. Continue reading “”

GreatSchools.org Launches New Education Newsletters for the 16 Million Latino Families in the U.S.

New, free education resource for parents is now available in Spanish.

OAKLAND, CA (January 9, 2019) — This month, GreatSchools.org launches their successful grade-based parenting guidance newsletters in Spanish. These weekly newsletters, dedicated to helping Spanish-speaking families nationwide, are tailored by grade and child development stage. The newsletters include original, culturally relevant articles, videos, tip sheets, parent stories, and free worksheets. Parents, caregivers, grandparents, and teachers can use this essential resource to know how to support children’s academic and social-emotional development throughout the school year. Continue reading “”

GreatSchools Data for Parent Action Convening

December 19, 2018 — In November, GreatSchools convened leading researchers and parent empowerment organizations for a full-day discussion about the barriers parents face and the promising ways to use school and student-level data to power parent action. Continue reading “”

Instead of School Supplies Give Parents a List of What Their Kids Need to Succeed

Originally published on EducationPost.org

August 17, 2018 — Last August I was visiting family in Oregon when I walked into a supermarket and by the front door saw a large sign that read in eye-catching print: “Give Kids The Tools They Need to Succeed.” The sign proceeds to list the “tools for success”: pencils, scissors, markers, glue sticks, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, notebook paper and hand sanitizer. Continue reading “”