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Old 04-30-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: The Flagship City
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Or we could fix our public education system to once again be competitive.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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Or we could fix our public education system to once again be competitive.
Please join us on the education forum to talk about that. http://www.city-data.com/forum/education/
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:34 PM
Status: "60th anniversary of the polio vaccine! Hail to Pitt!" (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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School rankings are pretty useless because every ranking organization uses different criteria. I take an especially jaundiced view of rankings put out by business interests; they usually are looking at specific business-oriented criteria.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Gibsonia, Richland Twp, Western PA
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Haven't seen Mars or Pine-Richland School Districts posted yet and they both are great schools. But in reply to the US ranking better than most other countries, Pennsylvania ranks higher than nearly every other state in education. Right now were the 5th best....
Report Card on American Education | ALEC – American Legislative Exchange Council
So really, you could put a district that we don't regard as "great" and put it in another state and it might be one of the best in that state
If we put, say, Deer Lakes School District in West Virginia (which is last on the list) it will probably end up being the best or close to the best in the state.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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School rankings are pretty useless because every ranking organization uses different criteria. I take an especially jaundiced view of rankings put out by business interests; they usually are looking at specific business-oriented criteria.
I agree that it is difficult to rank schools but I can't imagine what you mean by "specific business-oriented criteria."

It is difficult to determine the difference a school makes with the students they receive. How do you rank a school with exceptional teachers who bring below average students up to average?
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:01 PM
Status: "60th anniversary of the polio vaccine! Hail to Pitt!" (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I agree that it is difficult to rank schools but I can't imagine what you mean by "specific business-oriented criteria."

It is difficult to determine the difference a school makes with the students they receive. How do you rank a school with exceptional teachers who bring below average students up to average?
In the past, I have read rankings from business groups that say what methodology they use and they seem to like charter schools and vouchers. They have their agenda.
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