Comparing school results will be easier in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky, thanks to Standard & Poor’s School Evaluation Service, which is expanding web access to school data. Ohio and Kentucky data will be online by fall, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Also, for each public district, Standard & Poor’s will post a “return on resources” analysis, showing how well students are performing compared to what their districts spend. The idea is to provide free, objective, credible information that transcends the politics of education, said Bill Cox, managing director of the project.
“You can’t really begin to know how well you’re doing, or how well you can do, until you understand how well others are doing,” Cox said.
Besides allowing customized searches, the site automatically compares a school’s statistics to state and national averages, as well as to a “peer group” of schools with similar demographics.
School Results has school performance information from about half the states, using data from S&P and other sources.
Via Education Gadfly.