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How do you determine the quality of school districts? What sources might be available to determine

  • December 16 2008 - Tampa
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Greatschools.net is the website I refer my clients to here in California.
  • May 27
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Mary mentioned schoolmatters which is now closed.

Another great resource that is operational is http://www.publicschoolreview.com/
  • May 26
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In Hillsborough County, Florida, you can go here and look at the individual school's website to determine their current grade based on FCAT testing scores.  It also offers information on the demographics.

http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us

If you're considering purchasing a home and want to determine the "assigned" school go here in and input the address:

http://apps.sdhc.k12.fl.us/locator/

It is nearly impossible to get a "special" assigned to a highly rated school so do not count on getting that.  I've even heard that in some very desirable High School districts they have actually knocked on doors to verify the parents were not cheating about their claimed address!
  • August 09 2009
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I believe the best site for this information is www.greatschools.net for elementary through high school.  It provides national school information; allowing you to compare schools across the nation and in all different categories. 

In North Carolina, we have some of the best colleges and at the best in-state tuitions which our high school graduates attend solidly!  Don't just check on lower school education, but also consider the future and it's expense!

Have a great day, and happy searching! 

  • April 19 2009
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You need to set higher standards than the state when examining a school or school district.  Look at your district at the Florida Department of Education website, then go into the data to see how students at the schools in which you're interested actually performed on the FCAT.  Look at the numbers, not the grades, and don't assume that every school in an otherwise strong district is automatically a great school.

This blog looked beneath the "A" grades at one school district in Florida -- Brevard County.  Brevard County has excellent schools overall, but the state is very lenient when it comes to assigning top grades for schools' performance on the FCAT -- the test used to determine whether students are actually achieving at grade level.

http://spacecoastschools.blogspot.com

Unfortunately, that site only looks at Brevard County Schools (The Space Coast) but you can duplicate its methodology on your own.

The most consistent indicator of student performance is the percentage of households in that district or school boundary zone headed by individuals with advanced degrees.  Educated adults tend to raise kids that value learning.  The reality for your family is that you need to surround yourself with other educated people and make sure your kids are in the best possible learning environment.  Find the top schools in the best districts and you'll have no regrets.

  • April 18 2009
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If you would like a "one stop shop" go online to register.  I will give you crime statistics, maps, school information, among tons of other useful tools to help your decision easier.
  • April 07 2009
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I like greatschools.net too. Many states have their own test numbers posted through the state department of education also. You can see how each school in the district is doing from the source.
  • December 30 2008
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I like greatschools.net. I hope that helps!
  • December 17 2008
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The qualifications in ranking schools tend to be primarily based on
student/teacher ratios, per capita spending per student, level of technology available to students, and in high schools, the % of students going on to advanced education, etc.
  • December 17 2008
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www.greatschools.net; your state dept of education site; and then the municipal website.  In state of Connecticut, there is a magazine, Connecticut Magazine, that publishes Best Public Schools (http://www.connecticutmag.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20200464&BRD=2329&PAG=461&dept_id=484827&rfi=6).  Your state may have similar resource. 

cheeers,

  • December 17 2008
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There are many websites for school districts, look up the county in which you are searching, they will have individual school district websites.  I can send you a free neighborhood report, including the school statistics, in any area of the country. 

Look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,

Maureen Ingelsby
  • December 17 2008
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I always send my prospective buyers to www.greatschools.net.  I have found that site to be the most comprehensive; mainly because a buyer can easily compare the school district they currently are associated with to a new one they are contemplating.  Hope this helps,

Cheryl

  • December 17 2008
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Individual school districts often have websites where they post valuable information such as test scores, graduation rates, college acceptances and school activities. State websites are also valuable resources where you can find information on spending per pupil, state rankings, and test scores.  My own website has links to my local area school and community reports 
  • December 17 2008
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Another good website is www.schoolmatters.com
  • December 17 2008
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I get this question all the time being a Real Estate Agent in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  There is a great web site  www.greatschools.net
that you can go to in order to get rankings.  My clients feel it helps alot to make sense out of all teh information that is available.
Lauren Thomas
  • December 17 2008
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I think the best place to start is on state websites. For example, I am in Indiana. I can go to the Indiana Department of Education website and I can look up schools by many types of criteria, by county, district, etc. Our standardized testing is ISTEP so looking up your standardized testing score averages would be a good place to start. I can also look at attendance rates, teacher-to-student ratios, teacher salary, demographics, even the percentage of children who recieve paid lunch. There are several things I can look up and compare. I would imagine that every state has a department of education website that perform similar functions. I would definitely start there.
  • December 16 2008
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