New York School Quality Index – USA Today Network

It takes more than just test scores to assess a school’s quality. See how your child’s school stacks up in non-academic measures, or compare all schools by grade level in one school district, county, or the state. For more information on how the New York School Quality Index was created, click here. To read reporter Justin Murphy’s story about the Index, click here.

How to use this database:

  1. Search for a single school, or filter by district, county or grade level. Leave blank to see all schools in New York state.
  2. View the School Quality Index column for our take on non-academic rankings.
  3. Personalize your results by using the sliders to indicate how important the five school characteristics are to you (attendance, suspension, teacher experience, class size, diversity).
  4. Click the Search button and see how your school ranks.
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Attendance
? A school with average daily attendance of 95 percent or better receives a perfect score; lose one point for every percentage point beneath 95 percent.
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Suspension
? A suspension rate of zero percent receives a perfect score; lose half a point for every additional percentage point.
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Teacher Experience
? A school with between 10 and 25 percent of its teachers with fewer than 3 years’ experience receives a perfect score; the minimum score for a school with fewer than 10 percent new teachers is 5 points.
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Class Size
? Divides total student enrollment by total teacher count. A ratio lower than 17 students per teacher receives a perfect score; lose one point for every additional percentage point. The figure is weighed by the median of the state’s limited class size statistics.
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Diversity
? A school where the predominant race/ethnicity represents less than 50 percent of the total enrollment receives a perfect score; lose one quarter of a point for every additional percentage point. Possible categories are white, black, Latino, Asian, American Indian or multi-racial. Middle Eastern students are counted as white.
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