Study: Parents Prefer Student Satisfaction Over Test Scores

Study: Parents Prefer Student Satisfaction Over Test Scores


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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A new study by a Brigham Young University professor shows parents prefer educational satisfaction to soaring test scores.

Economics profess Lars Lefgren worked with a University of Michigan professor on the study, which is being released in the "Quarterly Journal of Economics."

The study compared principals' evaluations and teacher ability to improve test scores and manage classrooms in a western Mississippi school district that had average test scores.

Overall parents wanted teachers who could generate excitement for learning and satisfaction in students. Only parents in high-poverty schools wanted teachers who could improve academic performance.

Lefgren says the best teachers often do both.

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Information from: The Daily Herald

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