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Vol. 44, No. 42

May 20, 2010

28 Districts Earn “What Parents Want” Award

State education officials applaud the 28 Missouri schools receiving recognition from SchoolMatch®, a national firm specializing in rating K-12 schools by using auditable data.

The Columbus, Ohio-based firm ranks school systems in a national percentile format, making it possible for comparisons by parents, homebuyers, corporate leaders, policymakers, educators, or realtors using its services.  Since 1992, the SchoolMatch “What Parents Want” award program has recognized school systems that are making noteworthy efforts to meet the needs of the clientele they serve.

 “We are pleased to see this group of Missouri’s schools honored by a nationally known firm,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro.  “We believe these schools, large and small, can serve as role models in how school districts are consistently providing value to parents and students in their communities, as well as those who are considering relocation to Missouri.”

The 28 Missouri schools receiving the “What Parents Want” award are:

District

County

Enrollment

Blue Springs

Jackson

13,952

Brentwood

St. Louis

803

Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau

3,959

Center

Jackson

2,420

Clayton

St. Louis

2,605

Columbia

Boone

17,256

Ferguson-Florissant

St. Louis

12,678

Hazelwood

St. Louis

18,886

Independence

Jackson

13,976

Jefferson City

Cole

8,010

Joplin

Jasper

7,678

Kirkwood

St. Louis

5,322

Ladue

St. Louis

3,701

Lee’s Summit

Jackson

17,335

Liberty

Clay

10,263

Lindbergh

St. Louis

5,643

Mound City

Holt

303

North Platte County R-I

Platte

657

Park Hill

Platte

10,230

Parkway

St. Louis

17,504

Pattonville

St. Louis

5,626

Platte County R-III

Platte

3,185

Raytown

Jackson

8,789

Rockwood

St. Louis

22,566

Rolla

Phelps

4,004

Springfield

Greene

24,398

University City St. Louis
3,294
Webster Groves St. Louis
4,368

A national compilation of more than 95,000 parent questionnaires completed by SchoolMatch clients  in 2009 reveals parents most often look for school systems that are:

  • Competitive in academic test scores and academically solid, but not so rigorous as to intimidate their children.

  • Accredited.

  • Recognized for excellence by a national foundation or by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Competitive in teacher salaries.

  • Above average in instructional expenditures on a national percentile basis.

  • Above average in expenditures for library/media services on a national percentile basis.

  • Known for small class size.

According to SchoolMatch, 16 percent of the nation’s public school districts consistently meet the “What Parents Want” expectations.