So much of this blog has been focused on my own experience, which has been cetered around picking an elementary school. The Notebook, a local periodical dedicated to educational reporting in Philadelphia, regularly publishes it’s Annual Fall Guide to High Schools. This year’s guide is downloadable from their website and includes info on:
Don’t read it if the idea of sympathizing with a cheater makes you uncomfortable. Fine. You don’t have to. But if you do nothing else, take one bit of advice that I have been trumpeting over and over. Don’t pay much attention to test scores when picking schools for your child. Don’t do it. Forget about the cheating issue. Please.
In addition to name and address, each facility includes the following information:
Facility type: As identified by the District Built: Year of construction Current status: Whether the facility is open or closed, whether it is owned or leased Grades: Current grade configuration 2010 school enrollment: Based on District figures for fall 2010 % increase in enrollment, 2005-2010: Based on District figures for 2005, 2010 % of school capacity in use: Fall 2010 enrollment as a % of Feb. 2010 capacity* AYP status in 2010: Based on state data Keystone Achievement Award winner: School has met adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two consecutive years
I assume that they created the map for the purpose of informing the public in the light of declining enrollments and the inevitable school closings that are coming as a result. However, this map (larger version here) is also another interesting input for parents collecting information on schools. Incidentally, if you like interactive school maps, be sure to check our out.