Digital Literacy and School Rankings

Digital Literacy and School Rankings
Posted on 02/03/2020
School RankingsIn the Brentwood School District, our students are more than just numbers. Our "WHY" statement reads: 

To empower and support our students with meaningful relationships that allow them to thrive and become positive forces of change.

Some sites like to use rankings to illustrate how well different school districts are performing. You can often see this on home-buying websites that assign numbers to schools in the area. But do you know how those numbers are generated?

Most of the time, these websites pull data automatically from state reports about performance, but ranking websites don't always use the most current data. In some cases, small districts are assigned "average" scores when there isn't a large enough sample size to calculate their own score. The best place to see an actual report card on how a district is performing is to visit the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website. 

To make things more confusing, state reported data only accounts for a fraction of the information used to calculate these rankings and scores. 

Sometimes, the rankings themselves are inaccurate, displaying the wrong number until you click on them for more information. That's currently the case with some of our schools listed on websites like Zillow, who are shown ranked lower than they actually are unless you click on the preview. 

While we are proud to consistently be ranked highly even by these websites, we use this as an opportunity to encourage our community to look more critically at the information shared online. Rankings rarely show the full picture and should be seen as a starting point when looking into the performance of a school district rather than the complete picture. 

If you ever have specific questions about Brentwood's rankings, please do not hesitate to contact us at 314-962-4507 or by using the contact form on our website. 
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