Lloyd: This Year, 1,722 High Schools Are Receiving College Success Awards. Meet 5 of the Winners Helping Their Low-Income Students Thrive

By Carol Lloyd and originally published on The 74.

OAKLAND, CA (May 2, 2019) — “It was always arguments, drama, fighting,” Lashawn Pettaway Polen says of his previous school. “If I did more [schoolwork] … I would become a target.” Eight years ago, his mother transferred him to North Star Academy, an Uncommon Schools charter school in downtown Newark. This spring, the high school senior will graduate with eight Advanced Placement classes under his belt and a plan: “I want to major in psychology and become a child psychologist.” Continue reading “”

Unique Award Honors 12 Percent of High Schools in 25 States that Prepare Students for College Success

GreatSchools.org’s college success award elevates schools committed to the success of children from low-income families.

OAKLAND, CA (May 2, 2019) — GreatSchools.org is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 College Success Award, which recognizes and celebrates 1,722 high schools in 25 states around the country that excel in ensuring students are prepared for college and ultimately careers. [1] These schools successfully graduate students who are prepared for college-level courses, enroll in two- or four-year colleges and persist into their second year, according to available data from each state.” Continue reading “”


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 “”