How do you find reliable facts on schools in two different states?

Anjie - posted on 08/22/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is going to a less than stellar school where his dad lives and dad has final choice on schools. He gets bored easily with school. He loves to learn, but doesn't like school. I just got a letter in the mail from the school saying they didn't meet the state standards. The school district I live in is one of the best in the state, however I am having a hard time gathering all the necessary info to back it up. We live in two different states just across the border from each other Does anyone know how to find this information?

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LaShawnda - posted on 08/23/2011

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You can start with greatschools.com they have lots of information and facts about nearly EVERY public school in the country.

Lisa - posted on 08/23/2011

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I'm in Florida and there is a grading systems for schools, I don't know if this applies to all States. I took my 16yr old out of my district school which is at best a D+ school, and enrolled him in his father's district which has been an A+ high school for the past 15 yrs. I was able to go to the school and get all the stats. All our kids deserve the best education available to them, and if you are lucky enough to have good school in your district there is no reason your son should not benefit from it.......Good Luck & Don't Give Up!

Lynn - posted on 08/23/2011

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I always recommend www.greatschools.net and www.schooldigger.org I don't know if they are nationwide, but I use them in AZ a lot. You can compare the 2 schools you want and show his dad the difference.

Lisa - posted on 08/23/2011

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Go to your state board of education for the results. The schools are not making Adequate Yearly Progress based on subgroups in the are you live. Special education is usually one that they don't make because they schools are still functioning on the students they used to have and not the ones they have now. I was a special education student and I have two masters degrees in education after being called dumb and stupid by a teacher in a school district that was top ten in our state. Not making AYP means that they are not making the required progress in the areas that in the past they were aloud to get away with and says they are not meeting the BASIC standards. School districts are purposefully, pushing out the best teachers so they don't make AYP to get Funding! As crazy as it sounds it is true. The data reflects which are truly willing to educate or not. You decide. The standards are not ridiculously high but the opposite. I have personally told we don't need to make AYP which equates to you do not need to read at grade level. If you want to see how good it is then make several visits, talk to parents, and the administration too. If you want questions let me know.

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Amber - posted on 08/24/2011

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Contact the district and ask them where you can get an accountability report for the school. I believe these are required and open for public review. Our district posts them online for every school.

Christine - posted on 08/24/2011

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greatschools.org is a great resource for comparing schools. Gather information from each school and to a side by side comparison. You will probably have to export the information into excel because it is by state.

Marian - posted on 08/23/2011

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Google academic performance index for your state. That's where you'll find rankings for schools in your state, test score info... If you take the letter you received from the school and the API results before a judge they would be likely to at least consider making a different arrangement. Does Dad make decisions about school because he has sole legal custody? If that's the case, you may need to start trying to get that changed, so that then you have an equal say in such decisions.

Caithlin - posted on 08/23/2011

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When I was in high school a friend of mine moved to her dads and went to the school there but the next yr she wanted to come back to our school so she just lied and put her address as her moms, although u would probably have to convince ur ex to go along with it but that might be an option. If u can't get him transferred out maybe u can get the school to test him and let him move up a grade that way atleast the material should be harder.

Anjie - posted on 08/23/2011

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Thanks all. I have found some decent info. Now comes the hard part of convincing the ex that it's better to put our son in the best school possible.

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That's understandable. Is there any way you can get your son into a different school? If you have 50/50 legal cutody (in most custody cases that is what happens) then ou can request he goes to a different school, but you may have to take the issue to court and/or pay all the fees for the change. I'm not sure though, that would be a question for a lawyer or someone who works in the school district (try calling the district offices - they might know or at least know who you could call).

Good luck!

Anjie - posted on 08/22/2011

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It's not just that they don't meet the standards. They are at 68% for reading and 55% for math. The other option is in the 80% range for both. I just want what is best for my son.

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Honestly, a lot of schools "don't meet the state standards" these days. Our daughter used to go to the second best school in our area (she nows goes to the best school because we moved a few blocks) and we got a letter stating the school didn't meet state standards. These days, the standards are ridiculously high and a lot of schools don't meet the standards in one or more areas. I don't really think it's anything to be concerned about, unless the school is also doing poorly on their accountability report (something you can get form the school's website or front office)



Here are some federal resources: http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/...



And here's a school locator to see wxactly how your child's school is doing: http://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/

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