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New Publication: Parental Educational Decision Making

A new article explores the nature of the information parents seek to make decisions about their child’s education and provides insight on the characteristics of data displays that would make education information accessible and understandable.

Parental Educational Decision Making: The Information They Seek and What They Want from Data Systems” will be published in Teachers College Record. The authors (Dr. Ellen B. Mandinach, Dr. Ryan C. Miskell, and Dr. Edith S. Gummer) find parentsĀ seek qualitative data sources that supply descriptions of schools and districts. They want not only test scores and school grades but also information that helps them understand the schools: details about the teachers, leaders, and programs offered and information about safety and processes. Parents want the information presented in accessible and understandable formats that include better graphics and more easily understood details.