The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have teamed up with others to create the Education Nation Scorecard for Schools website. The website allows one to search for schools across the United States and compare the searched school with other schools, both public and private. Data is given for the school, other schools in the state, and the United States versus other developed countries. Reading and math scores for fourth and eighth grade are given as well as graduation rates.
|Only 14% of DC eighth graders read at an eighth grade level. But then again "high preforming" states like Massachusetts are under 50% reading at their grade level.|
The results are saddening. The nation's capital, Washington D.C., is a blight on the country. Only 14% of all eighth graders read at an eighth grade level and only 56% of Washingtonian kids will graduate high school (Nevada is worse with 51% graduating). Then again, even "high scoring" states are under 50%.
This tool is useful for those looking to move to a new town. Use this website to scope out the neighborhoods you are interested in moving to and see if your child(ren) will be going to a truly high preforming school.