One Dream, Two Realities: Perspectives of Parents on America’s High Schools

Civic Enterprises

Regardless of race, ethnicity or income, most parents value education for their children and see it as crucial for future success. However, only 15 percent of parents of students at low-performing schools are satisfied with their children’s education, as opposed to 58 percent of parents of students at high-performing schools. Additionally, parents say they are concerned with more than just grades: They want schools to prepare students for college and careers, as well as to instill confidence and social skills. The report includes recommendations for schools and parents to improve student engagement. Civic Enterprises is a Washington, D.C.-based public policy development firm. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded the study. Free, 44 pages. (202) 467-8894,


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