Schools being reviewed will be compared to peer schools, region schools, and with the state. Comparisons will be made on test results, financial information, and other pertinent information. Peer schools will be based on similar size to the reviewed school district, comparable socioeconomic status, and similar or better test results for one or more years. It will be attempted to have four peer schools for each reviewed school district. Region schools will be all school districts in contiguous counties around the reviewed school district.
It is with great caution we use these comparisons as we all know there are many factors that affect a school district's academic performance and the reasoning for financial decisions. But we believe that in order to provide valuable data we need to compare school districts on various issues.