Making the Grade: Examining the Valley’s High Schools
The economic downturn has forced educators throughout the region to do more with less. Here’s a look at how four local schools are helping their students succeed with innovative programs and special services. Want to know how your child’s school measures up? Check our chart, which lists stats for 65 Valley high schools
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About the Stats
Now that you’ve got this mountain of statistics, here’s the best way to go about considering the data.
Since studies suggest that wealthier districts often contain schools with higher achieving academic rankings, we’ve listed them in order according to average household income (as determined by the 2000 Census). Changes in today’s economy, however, have proved that money isn’t the only factor determining performance; it’s clear that some less-affluent communities, and others who have had to endure cutbacks, do perform above average, while higher-earning locales sometimes see a decline in test scores.
Most of the data listed was taken from two noteworthy Web sites: www.schoolmatters.com, run by Standard & Poor’s, gives accumulated statistical information about public schools and their communities; and www.emsc.nysed.gov/irts/reportcard — the state Department of Education’s Annual Report Card for the 2007-2008 school year, contains information obtained from local school district officials. Other data was received directly from the schools themselves.
Although some districts’ strengths and weaknesses might be reflected by the information listed in this chart, no set of statistics can tell the full story about any school; as such, readers should remain cautious about taking these numbers too literally.
» Click on the image below to download or print our 2010 top high schools chart