Parental choice is not only about test scores

One of the arguments in favor of parental choice is that it leads to higher test scores (“Report Uses Weak Data and Method to Promote School Choice,” National Education Policy Center, June 15).  The fact that it doesn’t is beside the point.

Parents know what is best for their children.  Yes, they want high test scores, but that is hardly the only consideration.  Surveys have consistently shown that other factors are more important.  That’s why I think focusing on test scores does not advance the case for parental choice.

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