District among nation's best
Posted on: Apr 9, 2018
A recent survey has determined that Delano Public Schools ranks among the top 3 percent of school districts in the United States.
The National Council for Home Safety and Security evaluated 9,577 school districts to develop its Best School Districts in America list, and Delano was ranked 345th overall. A total of 26 districts from Minnesota were included in the top 500, and among those Minnesota districts Delano was No. 13.
To compile its rankings, the home security trade association that advocates for safe communities and community involvement used four criteria: student performance measured by math and reading tests, school funding, poverty rate and dropout rate.
In regard to student performance, the report noted that strong districts can benefit all students, regardless of where they fall on the grade scale.
“Enrolling your child in a school where students perform well on tests and get good grades will increase his or her own achievement through osmosis,” the report noted. “Children and teenagers are highly influenced by their peer groups, and competition between students to achieve top marks can be a very good thing.”
The ranking adds to a banner year for Delano Public Schools, which was ranked No. 9 in Minnesota by SchoolDigger.com last August, and which was one of just seven Minnesota school districts honored by The College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll in December.
For complete results and further explanation of the methods used in the rankings, see www.alarms.org/best-school-districts-in-america-2018/.