ERIC Number: ED352206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Satisfaction with Schools and the Need for Standards. Education Research Report.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Research.
This research report compares parents' satisfaction about the quality of their eighth grade childrens' schooling with the childrens' mathematics achievement. The report uses data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS88). Despite low student achievement in mathematics as indicated by a study conducted in 1990, data from the NELS88 indicated that a large majority of parents of eighth grade students in public and private schools believed that their child's school was doing a good job of preparing students for high school and college. This was indicated for parents in general, and for parents of low-achieving students and students attending schools in high poverty neighborhoods in particular. Parents rely primarily on grades to determine how much their children are learning. In light of the fact, however, that 45 percent of students who scored in the bottom quarter of the NELS88 mathematics test reported getting mostly As and Bs on their report cards, parents cannot rely solely on their children's grades to determine the quality of their education. Parents need external standards against which they can assess the performance of their children and their children's schools. In mathematics, such standards have been developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Parents can procure a copy of these standards and ask their children's teachers specific questions about grades and students' preparation for high school and college. (BC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Research.