When school officials suspend students, the idea is to maintain a safe environment and deter violence and other problematic behavior on the school campus. But suspensions might be having the opposite effect if students use school suspensions strategically to earn respect and build a reputation for being tough.
School letter grades aren’t a panacea to what ails schools. But they ought to give a ray of hope to parents. No series of measurements can fully capture all that is important about school quality, and parents would be wise to remember that. The answer is to share meaningful data alongside the clear indicators.