BUFFALO, NY ( Business First ) Elizabeth Carey the Business First school rankings reports, exclusively on Channel 7's "Eyewitness News This Morning."
On Friday, Elizabeth reported Clarence is the most cost-effective school district in Western New York, and Sherman is the biggest academic overachiever, according to Business First's
Full details are available in Business First's 2011-2012 Guide to Western New York Schools, which hits newsstands today (Friday).
Highlights are also available at the newspaper's website: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo.
Business First determines cost-effectiveness by comparing each district's academic score (also released today) with its spending rate per pupil. The academic score, which is calculated on a 100-point scale, reflects a district's performance on four years of standardized tests. The higher a district's ratio of points per $1,000 in spending, the more cost-effective it is.
Clarence spends $13,034 per pupil, which is lower than all but two districts across the eight-county region. Yet it ranks second in the academic standings, thereby winning the cost-effectiveness championship.
This year's runners-up in cost-effectiveness are Lancaster and Frontier.
Overachievement is based on a comparison of each district's academic rank and socioeconomic climate rating (which was released last Monday). The wider the gap between a district's strong academic performance and poor socioeconomic profile, the more of an overachiever it is.
Sherman is saddled with the fourth-worst poverty rate in Western New York, yet it ranks 29th in the academic standings, outperforming 71 percent of all districts. That makes it the biggest overachiever in the region.
Westfield and Clymer also fare much better academically than their poverty statistics would predict.
BUSINESS FIRST'S COST-EFFECTIVENESS AND OVERACHIEVEMENT RATINGS
(TOP 10 DISTRICTS ARE LISTED IN EACH CATEGORY; DEFINITIONS CAN BE FOUND ABOVE)
5. East Aurora
6. Orchard Park
4. Pine Valley
10. Cleveland Hill