When most people think about the way they rank schools, they usually consider how they are ranked by the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” or CDC. However, there is another important measure of how well a school is performing compared to the rest that is often not considered. That is, how did these public schools in your state perform on the national spectrum of education? And what about the average scores of students from the state as a whole? How can you tell if your state is providing the best education for your children?
The first step in answering this question is understanding just what the term “ranking” means. Simply put, there are several different rankings that are used by education experts and statisticians. However, the most important ones are the Academic Performance Index (API) and the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Not all states report all three, so it may be wise to check all three to get the best picture of how each one measures up.
In addition to the above mentioned performance indicators, there are also many other ones that are often considered when figuring out how states ranked. Among them is the Quality Index, which is calculated based on student growth and development and other factors. The next is the index of educational assistance and support, which gauge how well a school system provides its students with the resources that they need to succeed. Finally, we have the Nationally Unique Educational Opportunity index, which looks at how state standards for K-12 education compare with those found in other parts of the country. All three of these rankings provide useful data on how each state's public school system is doing.
Now that you understand how each indicator measures the quality of education provided in a public education system in your state, you can use these same measurements to see how your own state measures up. But how do you know which indicators are most helpful in your quest to find the best state rankings? The most useful indicators are those that focus on a particular student. For instance, a state's ranking would be improved if it was able to keep track of how that student was performing in various subjects. If a student from a poor state is excelling in math, but falling behind in reading, then that's an indication that something is wrong. By examining how your state measures up relative to these indicators, you can gain a better understanding of what kinds of improvements need to be made to improve your own state's education system.
The best way to get started when searching for the best rankings is to look at the indicators that directly affect your own state's education system. For instance, how well does your school system to ensure that students get proper individualized attention? If students are receiving personalized instruction, then they will more likely to pick up the subject matter that matters to them. In order to have personalized instruction, individualized testing and quizzes need to be administered. When these tests and quizzes are available, parents and educators know exactly what to teach their students. They also know how to teach that matter, and they . . . . . . know how well that matter is being taught.
If your own state is ranked poorly, then there is no reason to assume that other states are as bad. There are many other indicators that can lead to better education for all children. The best rankings will allow you to find the best education systems for your own state.