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There are plenty of excellent school systems in Massachusetts. In the area which I cover Real Estate Hopkinton, Holliston, and Westboro made Boston Magazine's list of the 50 best public high schools in the state.
The calculations of the best schools according to a detailed
formula. According to Boston Magazine here is how they graded the
"Our goal in compiling this year's list of the area's best public
high schools was not to identify only those schools that are performing
well, but also those doing so while operating efficiently, too. To
gather our data, we consulted school officials, school websites, and
the state Department of Education; if numbers were unavailable, we used
data from previous surveys. If that failed, the mean for the category
was used so as not to skew the analysis. Variables that would be
expected to increase when enrollment rises were standardized in
accordance with the size of the student body.
We gave our data to professor I. Elaine Allen, research director of
the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College, who
calculated the rankings using a weighted average of cost and
performance data over several years. Using correlation analysis, factor
analysis, standardization of scores, and Grey relational analysis,
Allen created a common metric for comparison.
Change over the previous three years was calculated to examine
whether improved performance was related to change in spending. Because
already-high-performing schools have little ability to increase their
relative performance on standardized tests, two additional components
were created: a factor for the relationship of a school's improvement
to any increased costs, and a current cost-efficiency factor, which
measures academic performance against dollars spent. These two factors
were weighted equally and combined to provide the final ranking. Only
grades 9 through 12 were included. And while only districtwide
per-pupil expenditure figures were available, we still consider those
numbers relevant indicators of how efficiently high schools are being
run: Even if per-pupil expenditure varies, the way a district chooses
to allocate its money is still an indicator of overall effectiveness."
Here is the links to the chart detailing Boston Magazines best public high schools.
Hopkinton High School came in ranked #24 for cost efficiency and #24 for academic performance. Hopkinton spent $11,114 per pupil.
Holliston High School came in ranked #35 for cost effeciency and #20 for academic performance. Holliston spent $9524 per pupil.
Westboro High School came in ranked #15 for cost effeciency and #16 for acedemic performance. Westboro spent $12,555 per pupil.
Hopkinton High School also recently was awarded Newsweek Magazine top 500 Schools in the country.
The quality of the towns school system will be a big variable in
determining a towns Real Estate cache. A town with a good school system
will almost always carry higher property values. Hopkinton, Holliston,
and Westboro certainly offer a quality education and have been towns
with an excellent reputation. All three towns apparently do pretty well
in allocating their expenditures.
The aboveÂ information regarding Boston Magazines top 50 Massachusetts High Schools was provided by Bill Gassett, the team leader for the #4 RE/MAX Team in Massachusetts in 2007.
Bill can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 508-435-5356. Bill has helped people move in and out of many Metrowest townsÂ for the last 22 Years. Bill's office is conveniently located in the center of Hopkinton MA at 77 Main Street.
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