A new report by Learning Heroes finds 9 of 10 parents believe their child is performing at or above grade level, even as other data show most students struggling to reach proficiency in math and reading. What gives?
Teachers and parents often “engage” about student progress, yet part ways without getting on the same page. In many cases, that’s easier than dealing with the hard truth. Learning problems linger and worsen before they are addressed. Years later, someone looks at a thick file and says, “How is it possible that nobody intervened to help this child?”
Students are the real victims in these incidents. They’re the ones who are misled about what they have learned and can do. They’re the ones who unwillingly carry away tarnished academic records. They’re the ones who are forced to re-take exams and try to learn in schools distracted by audits and investigations. They’re the ones who were lied to.
Every year, high-achieving students—especially students of color and those from low-income families—lose ground in school, in spite of their potential and talent. What if there were a simple way to disrupt this decline? We designed an experiment to test one possible strategy.