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What are school district ratings based on?

In my attempt to compare my school to another in my district, I came across various sites providing detailed school ratings of public schools in my district. As any parent who wants to get a good education for their child, I, therefore, became inquisitive to explore the school system rankings that determined the highly ranked schools and how it improved the education of its students. I, therefore, need more information about how school district ratings are done and what their results are based on as this would help me determine if the school my child is in is the best fit.

Frank Nichols

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Victoria Fowler on March 21, 2018

As a recent graduate, I believe that finding the best school for your child somewhat determines their academic performance. Using these ratings to do this is an excellent way to start. First, ratings of district schools are done by finding the average rates of all schools in the district. It is also important to note some schools that may not appear in the list may not have sufficient information to compare schools. Overall school qualities are the ample educational opportunities that make one school stand out from another. These opportunities are the significant factors that form the makeup of the school making the school what it is. In most cases, the ranking of schools is determined by its academic strength which is additionally based on test scores. To get the ranks, the test score of each school are used to find the average standard score. The ranking is mostly done from the highest performing school to the lowest. Aside from test score other factors used include;

  •    Academic performance rating

Schools without public growth data use academic progress to rate the schools. This is school-level data that does not have a grade to grade progress that is in test scores. The data used in this case has lesser weighting when it comes to rating

  •    Equity rating

This is the capability of the school to cater for the academic development of the students. This is by comparing the academic performance of the school to that of the district as a whole. It can also be determined by the performance of that group of student to that of others students in the school.

  •    Course rating

This rating considers the number of advanced courses the school offers and also the number of students enrolling in those courses. If a school does not provide any advanced courses, the school will not be eligible for a rating

  •    Low-income rating

This rating is done by comparing the district scores for children likely to taking free lunch in a school compared to the rate of this group of students in the whole district.

  •    College preparation rating

This rating is measured by the school’s ranking system capability to prepare its students for college. This factor is however specified by only ranking high school systems. This rating is based on the SAT performance and even the graduation rate of students in the school.

Emily Alexander2 years ago

I agree that even though test scores are the most significant rating factor used there are also others that are used. This is because also these additional factors have a considerable impact on how they impact students in their day to day academic life. For instance, ratings that could be used to rate schools in districts include:

  • Summary rating. This is a total average rating of test scores, student performance, academic performance and any other factor ratings.
  • The objective and subjective ratings; these are the feedback from users. It could be the actual students in the school or even parents who have their children enrolled in the school.
  • Student progress rating; where the students are determined if they are growing academically with time. The student growth of students, in this case, to other students in the district.

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