‘Better ways to grade public schools’

November 14th, 2013 by 
Jack Schneider

In a recent opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times, Jack Schneider, assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, adds insight to the seemingly unsolvable question of the best evaluation of public schools.  With recent pushes against the validity of standardized testings being the sole method of appraisal of a school’s success rate, Schneider and a colleague built an online tool for the Boston Globe, designed to evaluate all of the schools in Massachusetts in a more comprehensive way.  Drawing publicly available data, the two attempted to look at the schooling system more holistically, says Schneider.

“The tool we created is imperfect, and we were severely limited by the data available. Still, we were able to build a better mousetrap. And the project got us thinking: Now that waiver recipients can rethink how to evaluate schools, what would a truly robust measure look like?” questions Schneider.

Schneider also suggests that policy leaders should prioritize the collection of data that tell us “what it feels like to walk down a school’s hallway.” Noting Los Angeles Unified schools, for instance, have been conducting a “school experience survey” for the last several years. However, these problems of collecting data in a consistent and accurate way have limited the accountability of such studies.

While touching upon the importance of also measuring activities outside the academic classroom with examples such as art and music, he concludes, “In short, we should measure what we care about and not merely what is convenient.”

This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Jacqueline Smith ’15. 

| More

Comments are closed.

Sort By:
11/24/15 Holy Cross Community Celebrates Retirement of Beloved Employee
11/23/15 Julianna Baggott’s New Bridget Asher Novel ‘All of Us and Everything’ Makes People’s Best New Books
11/20/15 The Holy Cross Community Comes Together in the Wake of Violence Around the World
11/20/15 15th Annual Unity Week Celebrations Conclude with Keynote Address
See All
See All

Featured Videos

See video
Video: The Splendor of Autumn on Mount St. James

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Campus Conversations and Discussion Connect Students with Distinguished Alumni

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Holy Cross Faculty Offer Multidisciplinary Analysis of Pope’s Encyclical on Environment

Watch Video >

What’s Happening on Campus


Men's Ice Hockey vs. American International College

See More >

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Niagara University

See More >

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Niagara University

See More >

Men's Basketball vs. Harvard University

See More >

Holy Cross in the News


Holy Cross Accounting Program Ranks No. 3 in Massachusetts

Accounting Degree Review

The College of the Holy Cross’ accounting program ranks No. 3 in Accounting Degree Review’s “Top 10 Undergraduate Accounting Programs in Massachusetts.” According to...


‘Women in Business conference: Holy Cross alumna at Vanity Fair says degree is key to success’

Telegram & Gazette

“Earning a liberal arts degree is the smartest thing a person can do to become successful in the business world,” said Aimee Bell ’88 to the Worcester Telegram...


Economist Magazine Places Holy Cross in Top 3 Percent of ‘Best Value’ Ranking

The Economist

The College of the Holy Cross is No. 36 among 1300 public and private institutions reviewed by the Economist in its first-ever best value rankings, putting the College in the...