Moving to a new area can be daunting all by itself. If you are concerned about schools, you’ll need to do even more homework. The below links will help you make the right decision regarding schools.
Check out the Market Insider reports on my website by clicking here. You can quickly find the schools by zip code and get a Great-schools rating for each school within that zip code. You’ll need to create an account which only takes a few seconds to do. You’ll also be able to investigate a host of information such as crime rates and community information from property ownership rates to median home prices and much more.
GreatSchools is the country’s leading source of information on school performance. With listings of 200,000 public and private schools serving students from preschool through high school and more than 800,000 parent ratings and reviews, GreatSchools has become the go-to guide for parents aiming to make a smart school choice. Click here to get to GreatSchools site.
If you want to find the top rated districts in the state, or search for schools based on test score rankings click here. SchoolDigger ranks schools based on the most recently reported test scores. Their ranking system for most states is as follows: they take all the schools that have test scores for Math and English. They take the average Math score across all the grades, and the average English score across all the grades, and add them together to make a combined score. That combined score is then sorted. The highest combined score is ranked #1, the second highest #2, and so on. You can find out more about the how SchoolDigger rates schools by clicking here.
The Washington State Board of Education
The Washington State Board of Education is responsible for strategic oversight of the public K-12 system. The 16 voluntary members (including both Governor-appointed and school-board elected members, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and two student representatives), meet regularly to explore policy implications for our schools, to advocate for best practices, to engage the public in discourse about the education system, and to anticipate future challenges that lie ahead and provide strategies for how those challenges might be met.
Their website contains links to all Board meeting materials and other resources that will help the public gather, understand, and engage with the important work of the Board.