Evaluating Urban Public Schools: Parents, Teachers and State Assessments

35 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 22 Sep 2014

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Nathan Favero

American University - School of Public Affairs

Kenneth J. Meier

American University; Cardiff University; Leiden University - Institute of Public Administration

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

How well urban public schools perform is a highly contentious issue. While significant attention has been devoted to studying administrative measures of school performance, little is known about how parents or teachers judge the quality of a school when conducting survey evaluations. How these three sets of assessments relate to each other is central to many questions in education policy (e.g., choice, equity) and has important implications for democracy, bureaucratic professionalism, and public performance. This paper looks at evaluations performed by parents and teachers at 1255 schools in New York City’s public school system from 2007 to 2009. Using a cross-sectional time-series approach, the evaluations are compared to government records of schools’ characteristics and performance. We find that both parents and teachers produce evaluations that are significantly related to several administrative measures of performance. We also find significant overlap between parent and teacher assessments, even after controlling for administrative records of school characteristics and performance. These findings seem to suggest that parents and teachers are able to conduct intelligent and meaningful evaluations of school quality.

Suggested Citation

Favero, Nathan and Meier, Kenneth J., Evaluating Urban Public Schools: Parents, Teachers and State Assessments (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1901010

Nathan Favero

American University - School of Public Affairs ( email )

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Kenneth J. Meier (Contact Author)

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