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Island schools rated in Business First

by jmaloni
Fri, Jun 28th 2013 03:40 pm

The Grand Island Central School District has been named to the honor roll of districts in the annual academic rankings by Business First.

Full details are available in Business First's 2013-2014 Guide to Western New York Schools, on newsstands now. Highlights are also available at the newspaper's website: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo.

The district is one of 15 school systems that qualified for the 2013 honor roll, a distinction granted to all districts that earn at least 90 points on Business First's 100-point scale. The GICSD was on the Business First honor roll a year ago as well.

Business First analyzed 97 school districts within the eight Western New York counties, based on four years of test data compiled by the New York State Education Department. Each district's rating reflects the collective performance of its public elementary, middle and high schools. Grand Island was 11th overall, ninth last year. Williamsville topped the list in 2013.

In other rankings conducted by Business First:

2013 middle school rankings of academic performance (208 public and private middle schools, statewide test results for students in seventh and eighth grades)

•1. Transit Middle School (Williamsville)

•36. St. Stephen School (last year: 32)

•37. Veronica E. Connor Middle School (last year: 29)

Western New York high school rankings in 2013 (135 public and private high schools)

•1. Nardin Academy

•2. City Honors School

•3. Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart

•7. Mount St. Mary Academy

•9. Holy Angels Academy

•12. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute

•29. Grand Island (last year: 32)

Western New York elementary school rankings of academic performance in 2013 (281 public and private elementary schools)

•1. Christ the King School (Amherst)

•30. St. Stephen School (last year: 30)

•76. Kaegebein School (last year: 57)

•94. Huth Road School (last year: 72)

Spending per pupil by Western New York school districts

Business First analyzes three factors to determine each school district's rating for administrative efficiency.

One of those factors is expenditures per pupil. The lower a district's per-pupil spending, the more credit it receives in the administrative efficiency formula.

The 98 Western New York districts ranked (from lowest to highest) in spending per pupil. All figures are from 2010-2011, the latest academic year for which official statistics are available from the New York State Education Department:

•1. Lancaster, $12,894

•15. Grand Island, $15,166

Western New York teacher experience standings for 2013

Locally, in 2013 rankings of Western New York's 98 school districts in terms of teacher experience, as determined by Business First.

•51. Grand Island

Western New York administrative efficiency standings for 2013

In the 2013 rankings of Western New York's 98 school districts in terms of administrative efficiency, as determined by Business First, the top-to-bottom administrative efficiency standings:

•1. Lancaster

•9. Grand Island

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