Monday, September 28, 2009

SFUSD's GreatSchools ranking jumps up one point

Greatschools.net recalculated its district rankings using the new API scores, and SFUSD went up a notch (from 6 to 7). Not too bad, considering spending per pupil is lower than the state average ($8,350 versus the state average of $10,800).

Take a look below at other districts for comparison. While the rankings of the districts were largely what you'd expect, given the socioeconomics of the various communities, there were a few surprises: SFUSD ranks higher than Sunnyvale, Concord, Berkeley, Santa Clara, and Campbell. And SFUSD has the same ranking as San Mateo, Mountain View, and Alameda.

Examples of districts ranked the same as SFUSD (not a scientific sample, just surfing around greatschools.net)

Mountain View Elementary District (7)
Mountain High School District (7)
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary (7)
San Mateo High School (7)
Pacifica School District (7)
Alameda Unified (7)

Districts ranked higher than SFUSD:
Mill Valley (10)
Palo Alto (10)
Los Altos (10)
Hillsborough (10)
Walnut Creek (10)
Lafayette Elementary (10)
Los Gatos Elementary (10)
Larkspur (10)
Pietmont Unified (10)
Fremont Union (9)
Albany Unified (9)
Burlingame School District (9)
Cupertino (9)
Millbrae Elementary School District (8)
Martinez Unfiied (8)

Districts ranked lower than SFUSD:
Berkeley Unified (6)
Sunnyvale (6)
South San Francisco (6)
San Bruno Park Elementary School District (6)
Santa Clara Unified (6)
Campbell (6)
Mount Diablo Unified [Concord] (6)
Jefferson Elementary School District [Daly City] (5)
San Leandro (5)
Pittsburgh Unified (4)
Oakland Unified (4)
Emery Unified [Emeryville] (4)
San Lorenzo (4)
Ravenswood City (E.Palo Alto) (2)

6 comments:

  1. This is awesome to hear! I'm a SAHM now but am a fellow, SFUSD educator. I found the comparison especially to San Mateo's schools which are practically revered everywhere. Nothing's perfect anywhere. It really takes a community to raise a child. Parent involvement really helps schools. And they always say, "It starts in the home, people!"

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  2. My sense is that parents all over California are losing faith in public schools. I have 2 different sets of friends who live in the burbs where their assigned schools (i.e. neighborhood schools) have API scores over 900. Both are middle income, do not take lavish trips and live in moderate homes. They are both sending their kids to private schools. The reason? With the budget cuts and over populated classrooms we don't want our kids to fall behind.

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