Great Schools only reports positive, glowing reviews of schools. It blocks any truthful, negative reviews of schools that they list on their website. The lack of transparency and truthfulness is shameful. It provides incorrect and misleading information to families.
Why do you claim an accurate rating when you divide kids into low income and everybody else? Last time I checked 2+2=4 no matter how much your household earns . Just go by the TEST scores, state and national averages.
Steer clear of Great Schools. The major orgs funding the site heavily promote the corporatization and privatization of public schools and it appears to be more of a page designed to funnel parents into stumbling onto pro-charter websites than anything else.
they remove accurate negative reviews to make schools look better. Bet you can guess who pays the organization. Don't trust it!!
The Greatschools.org website is a resource I've used to quickly map the school location, find out socioeconomic composition, and school performance data. All this the site does well. It also has a useful article database, such as http://www.greatschools.org/gk/emotional-smarts/. My difficulty with the website is that it (routinely) sanitizes, deletes, or removes reviews about schools from parents and students. It also appears as if they only like positive reviews; positive review however poorly written are preferable over any reviews exposing any critical flaws with the school itself. That to me is a form of censorship. I want to post a review about a school where the principal cheated me out of my work hours, and they were also ethnically discriminatory, and they are celebrating a purported Hmong hero who was in fact a criminal who smuggled heroin (http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1101/S00086/new-york-times-forgets-that-vang-pao-was-a-drug-dealer.htm). They have a great display case about him at the school, and the principal is very proud of her association with him. The school also serves as a community center for the parents with ELL classes for them. Great Schools also won't let you log in with just Facebook (it wouldn't let me log in with my FB account).
It's the website the realtors tell you to look at to get the best ratings for schools. Helpful when you are figuring out where to buy/rent a home.
This site is a must! You can see what you are getting into, if you are deciding to move to and area, or just check out what kind of education you are getting for your taxes!
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