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In DC, both traditional and charter schools are claiming victory after the latest round of test score data was released. Should they be? In the end, what can test scores tell us about whether schools are succeeding or failing -- and what should we be doing instead?

Guest post by Kim Farris-Berg Would trusting teachers with authority to collectively make the decisions influencing school success be at odds with authentic parent engagement? I can see how, from some points of view, the language suggests yes. The idea can easily come off as "just trust the educators, and save the families from themselves!" Indeed, there are people who have, at first glance, interpreted the idea that way. But trusting teachers can be a promising means to parents becoming integral to the inner workings of our schools. Debbie Pushor, Associate Professor of the University of Saskatchewan, wrote in 2007 ...

Guest post by Kim Farris-Berg Whenever I try to explain to folks about the schools I've seen where middle- and high-school student congresses have a voting branch of school governance, I usually get the same response. That is, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. Student governments have no real authority. They're made up of popular people whose job is to pick the prom theme and make other decisions about social activities." Um . . . no. That's not what it means to have a voting branch of school governance. But the fact that student government is understood to be nothing more than a prom-theme selection committee ...


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