How well does your school teach children to read?
In every city, state, and district, some schools are far more effective than their demographic peers. These charts will help you to identify them.
Charts are based on the most recent publicly available data.
Click here for a guide to creating school and district comparison charts.
Understanding the example chart
The chart above displays the percentage of proficient readers in each of the 37 schools comprising Albany County, NY’s six school districts. The green dots are the Albany City Schools. The red dots are the Albany City charter schools.
If you were willing to locate anywhere in Albany County, you would probably choose one of the districts with top-performing schools. If, however, you were limited to the Albany district, the sample chart would provide useful guidance.
The closer a school is to the top of the chart, the higher the school’s percentage of proficient third graders and the greater your child’s chances of success. The further to the right, the higher the school’s percentage of economically disadvantaged students.
Why Focus on Reading Proficiency at Grade Three
ECF’s charts are focused on 3rd-grade reading proficiency, arguably the single most important indicator of a student’s educational progress and the likelihood of educational success.
Comparing States to each other and to National Standards
States develop their own tests and standards so do not directly compare student, school, and district scores with similar scores in other states. The scores earned by each state on The Nation’s Report Card, however, can be used to compare the overall performance of states with each other and national standards. It is also possible to estimate the rigor of the individual state standards by comparing the percentage of 4th-grade students scoring at the proficient level on the state test with the percentage proficient on The Nation’s Report Card (see comparisons here).
The data displayed for each state is downloaded from official state sources. Click each state’s “About this Chart” for details and links to sources.
Steps you can take if your school is a low performer.