Evaluating Public Schools
Define Your Child’s Needs
Some children work better in a structured learning environment, while others thrive in classrooms that allow students to guide the process. Look at a school’s curriculum and disciplinary policies to determine whether the environment will be a good fit for your child. Education.com suggests specifically looking at factors like whether the school stresses group projects over individual assignments, homework policies and discipline practices. Find out if the school is doing everything it can to help students learn, regardless of students’ backgrounds, disabilities and learning styles.
Blue Ribbon Schools
- Outstanding academic performance, through standardized assessment test scores in math and reading
- Outstanding improvement in academic performance, again exemplified by state assessments in math and reading
- Electricity - Many schools are still without power and they cannot reopen until electricity is back on.
- Gasoline – Gasoline shortages across the region have made it difficult to get sufficient emergency personnel and school buses on the streets. In addition, faculty and administration may not be able to make it to school, due to the shortage.
- Damage – Water and roof damage have been extensive in some of the hardest-hit areas.
- Transportation – Many
Conflicts within the Grading System
New grading systems within school districts offer parents a more accurate glimpse into the individual performance of schools much better than national test scores alone. In some states, these grades incorporate a number of factors, which might include standardized test scores, attendance and graduation rates, among others. Parents say the grades are important for helping them choose the best schools for their children. Schools, on the other hand, are concerned that this information may not be an accurate reflection of an individual school’s performance.
Another concern is that new grading systems had to be implemented much too quickly to provide a real snapshot into the performance of an individual school. The fast deadlines, combined with more rigorous standards, may reflect an inaccurate assessment of the number of underperforming schools in any district. Some states are also in the process of creating