School report cards in New York City

˙ PREAL Blog

We are pleased to share with you an article from Sunday’s New York Times about the school report cards that were recently released in New York City. These report cards, which are similar to PREAL’s report cards, assess each school according to its test scores, its environment, and its progress in test scores from year to year.

The article illustrates some of the questions that often arise when this type of instrument is meant to be used as a tool to enhance accountability: Is the information in the report cards accurate and reliable? Does it measure everything that matters? Can it be easily understood? Does it provide a “reality check” for parents who usually choose schools based on their reputation? Does it lead to changes in the attitudes of parents, principals and teachers, and/or policy-makers? 

New York Times | New York Schools Brace to Be Scored, A to F

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