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Similar Schools

Last Updated: Aug 06, 2012 11:14AM CDT


We statistically compare each school to schools that serve similar students. We consider the following factors:
  • Students’ gender
  • Students’ race
  • Students’ age-relative-to-grade
  • Special education status
  • LEP (limited English proficient) status
  • How many times students have switched schools
  • Crime rates in students’ neighborhoods
  • Socio-economic factors in students’ neighborhoods
  • EXPLORE scores of incoming students (for high schools)
  • School size
  • Type of school (selective enrollment, charter, or new school)
When we compare your school to similar schools, we are not identifying specific schools that are similar to yours; instead, we are controlling for the characteristics of your school to statistically identify what a school similar to yours would look like.

Sometimes, no similar school data are available. This is because the information is unavailable, or because there is no variation on some of the above categories.  Alternative schools and special education schools, for example, would not see data for similar schools.

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