How good is your school?
A bunch of different organizations have come together to produce this site, where you can plug in the school you went to, the school your child goes to or any other school, and compare its graduation rates and the school district's test scores to those of nearby peers.
It's a neat idea, though I worry the information will be actively harmful in some cases. There are plenty of schools that do a good job serving a tough population and thus have low graduation rates even though your kid would get a fine education there. But since this site delivers raw numbers rather than some sort of standardized performance measure, the result could be to convince middle-class parents to send their kids to private schools, thus making the graduation rates of nearby public schools look even worse and driving more middle-class families away. That wouldn't be good at all.
| October 18, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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