By Antonio Villaraigosa and Ryan J. Smith
What if we considered your neighborhood school “good” even if some groups of students weren’t learning? What if a school could fail its students of color and low-income students year after year, decade after decade, with no consequences? What if parents and the community had to dig through mountains of data to try to understand if their neighborhood school is serving kids well?
We know what would happen, because we’ve seen it already. In the era before school accountability systems and reliable evidence, parents had to trust word of mouth to decide which schools would best serve their children. The lack of transparency also left educators without information to act on.