EdNavigator
Dec 11, 2018 · 4 min read
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Why do nearly all parents think their children are doing just fine in school? Maybe it’s because the information they receive about student progress is totally incoherent.

There’s no shortage of evidence that America’s public schools aren’t working as well as they should for all families. Beyond the shamefully persistent gaps in educational opportunity and achievement that divide students of different races and more- and less-privileged backgrounds, there’s the fact that, despite plenty of advantages, American kids are not keeping up with their international peers in general.

The hard truth: Most students are less educated than their parents believe.

Why is there such a chasm between perception and reality?

The entire process of communicating the progress of individual students to their families is a mess.

In the course of our work, we have observed that the entire process of communicating the progress of individual students to their families is a mess. Parents have access to more information about students than ever, and yet the avalanche of data has become its own problem. They get lost in difficult-to-interpret report cards and test results, and spun around by overly positive messages from educators about how well students are doing. This incoherence makes it easy for families to overestimate the performance of their children, miss warning signs of major problems, and pass up learning opportunities that have the power to reshape a child’s basic educational trajectory.


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EdNavigator

EdNavigator is a nonprofit organization that forges…

EdNavigator

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EdNavigator is a nonprofit organization that helps families find a path to educational success for every child.

EdNavigator

EdNavigator is a nonprofit organization that forges innovative partnerships with leading local employers and community organizations to bring expert educational support to busy families.

EdNavigator

Written by

EdNavigator is a nonprofit organization that helps families find a path to educational success for every child.

EdNavigator

EdNavigator is a nonprofit organization that forges innovative partnerships with leading local employers and community organizations to bring expert educational support to busy families.

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