Education Week Blog: Teachers Better Gauges of School Quality Than Parents, NYC Research Says – K-12 Parents and the Public

Michele Molnar writes:
Ask parents what they think of their child’s school, and mostly they will give a positive response, says Lori Nathanson of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, at New York University.

But if you want a more accurate gauge of how one school compares to another, teachers are far more reliable sources, said Nathanson, a research associate at the alliance and a co-author with Meghan McCormick and James J. Kemple of “Strengthening Assessments of School Climate: Lessons from the NYC School Survey (2013)”, which was released earlier this month. The report examines the responses of parents, teachers and students to a survey conducted by the city schools and offers an analysis of some of the survey’s strengths and shortcomings.