Sherman is biggest Upstate overachiever

October 11, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM EDT

By G. Scott Thomas, Projects Editor

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October 11, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM EDT


Sherman and Victor have earned special honors in Business First's rankings of Upstate New York's 429 school districts.

Sherman has been named the biggest overachiever within the 48-county region, while Victor has been designated the most cost-effective school system.

The two districts finished in the upper half of the academic rankings that were issued yesterday: Sherman is 142nd out of 429 districts, while Victor is 20th.

But they did even better in the two specialized ratings issued today.

Sherman has the best score on the achievement index, which compares each district's academic performance with its socioeconomic rating. Top marks go to districts that do better academically than their socioeconomic structures would suggest.

Victor is No. 1 on the cost-effectiveness scale, which matches each school system's academic score against its spending habits. The top districts are those that are strong academically, yet frugal fiscally.

Business First has awarded five-star designations to the top 10 percent in the both of these ratings -- 43 of 429 districts.

Complete details will be printed in Business First's 2013-2014 Guide to Upstate School Districts, a 480-page electronic publication that is available today. Copies can be ordered by calling 716-541-1631 or e-mailing Karen Schiffmacher at kschiffmacher@bizjournals.com.

OVERACHIEVEMENT AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS LINK:

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2013/10/11/sherman-is-biggest-upstate.html

Business First used the poverty rate and two other indicators to rate all 429 districts from most affluent to most disadvantaged. This socioeconomic climate rating was then compared to the academic rank for each district.

Sherman emerged as Upstate's biggest overachiever with a score of plus-273. That's how much better its academic rank (142nd) is than its socioeconomic rank (415th).

Barker and Greene are the two runners-up in the overachievement rankings.

Victor, meanwhile, enjoys the region's best cost-benefit ratio. It spends just $12,779 per pupil, which is less than any other Upstate district, yet it's still No. 20 academically.

Next in the cost-effectiveness standings are Lancaster and Clarence.

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