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Measuring U.S. Schools

By Katie Moore

There has been so much in the news about our failing schools. We hear about poorly prepared teachers, inadequate evaluation systems, the demise of the traditional American family, and troubled communities where our students come from. I’m often frustrated when I hear this news because when I go into classrooms, I experience teachers and students engaged in thoughtful, enriched learning. Such classrooms don’t get mentioned in the news.

A while ago I learned about Dr Brian Stecher, associate director of RAND Education, who has worked for many years in measuring education. In his presentation Cultivating Thriving Schools at a TEDxSoCal event last year, he provides an overview of how we can do a better job defining and measuring a healthy education.