Most parents of students at low-performing high schools say they want more information about their child’s academic progress, reports a Civic Enterprises report, One Dream, Two Realities. From the Christian Science Monitor:
In schools considered high performing, 83 percent of parents say the school did a fairly good or very good job communicating about their child’s academic progress. Just 43 percent say the same of low-performing schools. Only 51 percent of parents in low-performing schools say they’ve had good conversations with half of their child’s teachers (versus 70 percent in high-performers).
. . . (The report) shows broad support for a number of steps that schools could take, including a single point of contact for parents and a way to check grades on the Internet. Six of 10 parents in low-performing schools say it would be extremely helpful to be notified when a student is cutting classes or having academic problems.
Parents want their children to go to college but may not know what they should be doing to get them there.
In Our School, I write about Pedro’s parents, who complained that nobody at his comprehensive high school called to tell them he was cutting class. They didn’t realize what was going on till it was too late. I’ve heard that again and again from immigrant parents: Why didn’t they tell us when it was early enough to do something? Why did we have to find out when he flunked all his classes?