5. Test scores still matter.

“Schools have one function: to provide students with skills needed to find their way through a lifetime of learning. Anything less is cheating. Anything more is wasted effort. Standardized test scores measure those skills. Use those to evaluate school success and teacher success. It is all about the student … nothing more, nothing less.” —Betty Clemens

6. Focus on teacher-student relationships.

“Schools that have the most caring teachers devoted to being mentors to their students, not a ‘sage on the stage,’” are the best. “Students should have good relationships with their teachers—teachers who are caring and are interested in the individualized learning of all their students.” —Anonymous