School Grades

More than ever, Americans are concerned about the quality of public education, widely viewed as the foundation of economic success and upward mobility. But how can parents and communities know if schools are succeeding? A new set of data-based projects seek to offer parents, researchers, and journalists an objective measure of school quality. The Manhattan Institute’s new SchoolGrades.org shines a spotlight on high-performing schools that serve economically disadvantaged students. GreatSchools.org, which attracts 59 million unique visitors annually, combines quantitative measures with parental feedback. And a new project by the George W. Bush Institute will compare U.S. student achievement with that of our nation’s main economic competitors.