Is the best school the one with the best test scores? Not al­ways

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Nick Bot­tinelli,

“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.

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