What are the most effective ways to evaluate school performance?

Many people debate the best ways to evaluate if a school is a "good school." Some argue for a simple standardized test to track how students are learning. Others say this is overly simplistic and that it doesn't take into account variabilities in student populations (how engaged are their parents, how many kids are English language learners, how many kids have special needs) nor does it take into account social / emotional intelligence and other factors that equate to success. Some argue for a more comprehensive dashboard approach that takes into account many factors present in healthy and successful schools including test scores, graduation rates, absenteeism, suspension rates, parent, teacher and student satisfaction surveys as well as student population and demographic information. Others say this is too complex and results in a report that no parent could understand and therefore it becomes unactionable.

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