Should schools alone be held accountable for student achievement?

What if schools didn’t have to work alone to improve student achievement? That was the question we asked in a recent article about the miserable state of public education in Camden, N.J., one of the poorest cities in the country, the Hechinger Report’s HechingerEd blog reports. Now, a study by Education Sector, a Washington, D.C.-based education policy think tank, delves further into the question of whether public schools should share responsibility for improving the academic outcomes of impoverished children. The argument is that non-school agencies–after-school organizations, public housing departments, local colleges and universities–should also be held accountable for student success…

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