Is the best school the one with the best test scores? Not always
“An unintended consequence of choosing the best school,” July 5 Megan Schrader column.
An unintended consequence of Megan Schrader’s column is that she lent credence to the fallacy that the “best” school for your child is the school with the highest standardized test scores. The best school for my daughter is the school that creates an environment where she flourishes and is engaged and excited about taking charge of her education. This usually tends to result in outstanding test scores.
In short, the score I care about is my daughter’s score, not the school’s score, which simply reflects the aggregate performance of the entire student body. In our 12 years working with our neighborhood schools, we noticed that even in schools where many students face a variety of challenges that tend to pull down the school’s collective scores, there is still a core group of high-performing students who score as well as any student in the city.
Get involved with your neighborhood schools. Fight for them. Advocate for them. You will see the positive results almost immediately.