Specialized ratings: CLARENCE IS MOST COST-EFFECTIVE DISTRICT, SHERMAN IS BIGGEST OVERACHIEVER

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 11, 2010 at 5:10 AM EDT

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Specialized ratings: CLARENCE IS MOST COST-EFFECTIVE DISTRICT, SHERMAN IS BIGGEST OVERACHIEVER

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 11, 2010 at 5:10 AM EDT

No Western New York school district spends its money more efficiently than Clarence does. And none is a bigger overachiever than Sherman.

That's according to Business First's specialized ratings, which have been designed to illuminate specific qualities of district performance.

Williamsville is No. 1 in this year's academic rankings, which are of primary importance. But the specialized ratings shine a spotlight on other districts that have strong characteristics worthy of attention.

Full details will be available in Business First's 2010-2011 Guide to Western New York Schools, which hits newsstands today (Friday). Highlights are also available at the newspaper's website: buffalo.bizjournals.com.

These are the winners in the seven special categories:

1. Cost-effectiveness (districts that achieve educational excellence despite spending a relatively low amount of money): Clarence.

2. Overachievement (districts that have strong academic records, even though a substantial number of their students live in poverty): Sherman.

3. Administrative efficiency (districts that have tight budgets and lean staffs): Lancaster.

4. Socioeconomic climate (districts where students enjoy the highest standards of living): East Aurora.

5. Student access (districts where students have the best access to teachers and other educators): Ripley.

6. Teacher experience (districts that have the most experienced faculties): Westfield.

7. Teacher pay (districts where teachers are paid the most at selected stages of their careers): Sweet Home.

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BUSINESS FIRST'S SPECIALIZED RATINGS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS
(TOP 10 DISTRICTS ARE LISTED IN EACH CATEGORY; DEFINITIONS CAN BE FOUND ABOVE)

COST-EFFECTIVENESS
1. Clarence
2. Lancaster
3. Frontier
4. Hamburg
5. Williamsville
6. Amherst
7. Orchard Park
8. Iroquois
9. Grand Island
10. West Seneca

OVERACHIEVEMENT
1. Sherman
2. Westfield
3. Clymer
4. Pine Valley
5. Alfred-Almond
6. Albion
7. Wilson
8. Akron
9. (tie) Belfast
9. (tie) Fillmore

ADMINISTRATIVE EFFICIENCY
1. Lancaster
2. Frontier
3. Iroquois
4. Williamsville
5. Cheektowaga-Maryvale
6. East Aurora
7. Orchard Park
8. North Tonawanda
9. Hamburg
10. Lewiston-Porter

SOCIOECONOMIC CLIMATE
1. East Aurora
2. Williamsville
3. Orchard Park
4. Clarence
5. Lewiston-Porter
6. Amherst
7. Iroquois
8. Grand Island
9. Ellicottville
10. Hamburg

STUDENT ACCESS
1. Ripley
2. Dunkirk
3. Canaseraga
4. Clymer
5. West Valley
6. Pine Valley
7. Belfast
8. Wyoming
9. Pavilion
10. Cuba-Rushford

TEACHER EXPERIENCE
1. Westfield
2. Chautauqua Lake
3. Ellicottville
4. Niagara Falls
5. Yorkshire-Pioneer
6. Perry
7. Wyoming
8. Panama
9. North Tonawanda
10. Bemus Point

TEACHER PAY
1. Sweet Home
2. Williamsville
3. Niagara Falls
4. Lackawanna
5. Grand Island
6. North Tonawanda
7. Orchard Park
8. Kenmore-Tonawanda
9. Cheektowaga-Sloan
10. West Seneca