What Do Parents Want from Schools? – Study Finds,Your Troubles Ain’t Like Mine

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What Do Parents Want from Schools? - Study Finds,Your Troubles Ain't Like Mine

WHAT PARENTS WANT: EDUCATION PREFERENCES AND TRADE-OFFS - A National Survey of K-12 Parents 

The study, conducted by Thomas B. Fordham Institute, surveyed parents in hopes of better understanding what educational goals and school attributes were important to parents from varying races, socio-economic status and political ideologies. Overall, the study found that parents want the same things from their child's school:
  • Strong curriculum
  • Development of good study habits
  • Development of critical thinking skills (a must have on my list!)
  • Development of verbal and written communication skills
 However, priorities begin to change across racial lines. Key findings for results by race/ethnicity (p.20):
  •  Both African American and Hispanic parents rank “preparation for taking state tests” and “has high test scores” significantly higher than white parents do (see also results by household income).
  •  African American parents put the most importance on diversity
The Fordham Institute also has a nifty quiz to help parents answer - What type of school parent are you? 

I scored on a 'Test-Score Hawk' level. What about you?

testing parents what they want from childs school

Want to take the quiz? Click here!

 

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