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Behind the scenes in Mississippi

The Golden Years
July 28, 2016

Traveling the country and learning about education in different states and cities has been really insightful. As you'd expect, everyone wants what is best for their kids, but each state is looking at education and specifically...
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Cut to the chase: most parents value tests

July 15, 2016

This week, yet another poll was released on parents’ attitudes toward educational standards and testing. This one focused on 1,200 parents, in three subgroups that have been of particular interest in the testing debate:...
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Why I’m pro-testing, pro-union, pro-teacher

The Bathtub Moment
June 15, 2016

How we as parents view education is shaped, in part, by our own personal experiences—what we observe, what our child experiences, how our communities are affected by education, the quality of our school, the challenges we face at...
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Why we’re doing this.

As parents around the country form opinions about the value of testing in schools, they’re raising lots of questions: Are the tests good? What do they do? Why do they matter? Are there too many of them? Are they fair?

Many parents accept tests as a part of life. They shrug and see the general value of good tests—in limited amounts—to help keep track of how kids are doing in school. But some parents are very opposed to this—so much that they’ve decided to not let their kids take standardized tests.

But there’s a bigger story out there beyond whether or not to take standardized tests. What drives parents to form these opinions about testing?

What all parents have in common is love for their kids and a need to help their kids turn dreams into reality. How parents engage in their kids’ learning, how they motivate their kids through challenges and failure, how they build resilience and independence in their children to prepare them not just for school and careers, but for life—these attitudes help shape parent perspectives on everything from the value of strong relationships with teachers to the value of knowing how kids are doing through assessments and tests.

We’re travelling around the country meeting parents and getting their candid, unscripted observations on the power of knowing how their kids are doing. That includes tests, but it includes so much more. And that’s part of the story.

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We’re all about parents talking about their love for their kids, their excitement and commitment to their kids’ dreams, and the power of knowing how their kids are doing to make those dreams a reality.

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