A second question you might ask is do people compare elementary schools within a single district when they are buying a home. The answer is often yes, but keep in mind each elementary school within one town is benefiting from the same decisions and policies that are implemented town wide. The town hires the same quality of teacher, purchases the same materials and offers the same curriculum town wide. If you were to ask any parent in a community which elementary school is the best, they are likely going to respond “The one my child is in.”
For more information about how schools are performing in Massachusetts, follow this link to the Massachusetts Department of Education site where you can do some in-depth investigation regarding school districts, their budgets, their test scores, teacher to student ratios, etc.
Sandy Balzer Tobin, ABR