Why High School Best Practices No Longer Need To Be Best-Kept Secrets

Originally published on Forbes.com

July5, 2018 — Last week I attended a graduation ceremony at a local high school. In the waning sunlight, the sea of beaming faces on the field struck me with a mixture of hope and sadness. Hope because these kids seemed positively brimming with optimism, sadness because I knew the data. It was a typical American high school, so most of its graduates were not set up for success. In a country where all evidence shows that a college education is the most reliable path to a better life, only about 30% of our youth end up getting a four- or two-year degree. Continue reading “”

Why We’re Giving Parents More School Quality Info — and How States Can Step Up to Help

January 7, 2018 — Virtually every choice an American parent makes can be informed by facts, figures, and analysis. When one becomes a parent, this information becomes even more important. What’s the safest car seat for my child? How do my child’s height and weight compare with those of other kids their age? What’s the best way to develop healthy sleep habits?  Continue reading

GreatSchools Launches Expanded School Rating System for Parents

OAKLAND, CA – November 02, 2017 — GreatSchools—the leading nonprofit provider of trusted school information—is rolling out new school ratings for all schools around the country. Parents nationwide now have expanded information about important aspects of schools—including course access, student progress, and equity—that can help them support their children’s education and take action to improve their local schools. Continue reading “GreatSchools Launches Expanded School Rating System for Parents”

GreatSchools Launches Expanded School Rating System for Parents in California

Parents to Find Information on More Factors that Have an Impact on Student Success

OAKLAND, CA – September 21, 2017 — GreatSchools—the leading nonprofit provider of trusted school information—is rolling out new school ratings for all schools nationally, starting with California. Parents in California now have expanded information about important aspects of schools—including course access, student progress, and equity—that can help them support their children’s education and take action to improve their local schools.


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GreatSchools’ new report reveals a tale of two systems in California schools

Only 2% of California’s African American and 6% of Hispanic students attend a high opportunity and high performing school for their student group

Oakland, CA, May 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, on the 63rd anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, GreatSchools released Searching for Opportunity: Examining Racial Gaps in Access to Quality Schools in California and a List of Spotlight Schools. This first-of-its-kind report exposes alarming gaps in access to educational opportunity and student achievement broken down by race and ethnicity. The report examines trends at K-12 schools across the state to shed light on systemic gaps in access to advanced courses, teacher experience, college readiness, academic achievement, discipline, and other measures that indicate a student’s chances for success in college and careers.
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