5 Warnings For Parents This Back-To-School Season

It is back-to-school time for students across America, which means that it also a time for parents to be aware of the signs that schools may not be providing the quality of education they want for their children.

Here are the top five warning signs for which parents should be on the look out.

Low student performance. Parents, of course, should be aware of whether their children’s school is improving their knowledge and achievement.

Too many schools fail to get students up to proficient levels in the core subjects.

On the latest National Assessment for Educational Progress exam, two-thirds of U.S. eighth-grade public-school students failed to reach proficiency in math and reading.

Middle-class parents should not be complacent, since more than half of non-low-income students failed to achieve proficiency in either math or reading.

Safety and discipline. Ask parents and most will say that their children’s safety is a top priority, which is justified given data showing significant safety issues on public school campuses.

A federal report found that during 2015-16, “79 percent of public schools recorded that one or more incidents of violence, theft, or other crimes had taken place, amounting to 1.4 million crimes.”

Yet, the Obama administration pushed school districts to repeal tough discipline policies that might have a disparate impact on minority students, even if those policies had no discriminatory intent.

In fact, research shows that prior student behavior, not race, is the key factor explaining why students are suspended.

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