What ESSA means for your child
From standardized testing to student support, a new federal policy is about to reshape some key elements of America’s schools. Here’s what you need to know.
The first five steps on the road to college
What's the key to getting your kids into college? Start early and stick to a plan.
What you need to know about the ELL label
One checked box can doom a child to low-level classes for years. Here's what you need to know about the ELL label.
Desperation is motivation, says test prep coach
Tapping into their deepest desires and biggest dreams — and nightmares — motivates test takers to prepare well and succeed, says a test prep coach.
Confessions of a Common Core tester
A believer in the the Common Core Standards confronts reality when her own daughter field tests the assessments and comes home in tears.
What to make of international assessments
If education experts can't agree about the meaning of international assessments, what are parents supposed to make of them?
Mind the high school gender gap
A close look at California test scores show girls lag behind boys in far too many subjects in high school — especially STEM subjects like geometry, physics, and chem.
What an average school rating means
When a school’s GreatSchools Rating is a 1 or 10, you can be confident that you know how the students are performing according to state tests. But when a school has an average rating, it can mean many different things.
Where does your child rank globally?
Where does your child fit into the global picture of education? (And should you care?)
GreatSchools’ POV on Common Core
How do we feel about this new educational initiative that could transform U.S. classrooms? As always, we’re keeping our eye on what matters most: your child.
New Common Core tests bite Big Apple
Love them or hate them, now that Common Core-aligned tests are here, every parent needs to make the most of them for their child.
Academic debates of 2013
Do schools kill kids' love of reading? Will Common Core help, or hurt, our children? Is your child being tracked in math? These are the stories that got parents talking in 2013.
Video: School test scores
They're never the whole story, but test scores do offer important information about a school. If you know how to dig deeper.
How does your school compare?
Yet again, the U.S. has received mediocre PISA scores. A new opt-in test is giving schools a chance to see how they rank internationally … and how to improve.
State standardized test scores: What families should know
State tests hold schools accountable for results, but they don't tell the whole story about a school.
Why are standards important?
Standards are guideposts for schools. Teachers, parents and students use them as a tool to focus on what students are expected to learn.