state rankings?

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  1. ad65shorty

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    Does anyone know where I can find the official state educational rankings? You know, how each state compares against each other? Thanx so much!!
     
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    I've seen different ones, but you can find one here.
     
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    Thanx, but I couldn't get the link to work!!! ACK!!
     
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    I am not for sure...however, these rankings are silly. There is no one test/assessment that is the same for all states. This is like comparing apples to oranges.
     
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    Cheery--I was able to find it through another route. Thanx so much!!!
     
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    where did you find it, shorty? post the link for us!
     
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    There is one assessment that is used in all 50 states, the NAEP, which is used in these "rankings," but that doesn't mean that these rankings are that useful.

    While the NAEP really is the only test that has virtually any validity in comparing states K-12 systems it is only done in grades 4,8, and 12 and not every subject is tested every year. Therefore, it tells you virtually nothing about learning about three quarters of the grades and in most cases is information that is years old because that was the last time that subject was tested.

    Most other assessments are either optional (ACT,SAT,AP,IB,etc.) or are different depending upon the state. Why this ranking uses the SAT/ACT is a bit confusing in that they the results are say nothing about the students that don't take the exam. A lot of the other statistics while interesting, but aren't terribly useful information.

    Quite honestly I am surprised that anyone cares about rankings like this.
     
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    Personally, because we are a special school I would like to know how we rank against other schools in our state.
     
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    Not that I need to defend myself, but we're moving out of state, and I'm just curious how the school systems are. I lived for a bit in Alabama as a kid, and the schools there were terrible!! (nothing against the state of Alabama...) I attended high school in Colorado Springs, and got a very good education. That's why I'm curious. Thanx for all the input everyone!
     

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