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    New Jersey School Districts Rank Determined By Family Income But Bargains Still Remain to Be Had

    Eugen G Tarnow  September 5 2016 01:05:49 PM
    By Eugen Tarnow, Ph.D.
    Avalon Business Systems, Inc.
    http://AvalonAnalytics.com

    I performed probably the most comprehensive ranking of New Jersey school districts (see http://NJSchoolPerformance.com ).  Since SAT scores are determined by family income and less by the school performance, we ranked the New Jersey school districts based on the standardized test PARCC high school scores and the corresponding scores from middle school honors programs.

    I expected there to still be a correlation with family income but I was taken back when I found that family income made up 45% of the ranking (see figure below).

    Nevertheless, the remaining spread is large enough for there to be bargains to be had.  If you want to live in one of the top ten ranked school districts, expect to have to make about $103,000-$211,000 per year. (NOTE: the family income does not necessarily determine the amount of money the school get to spend per student - that's a different topic.)

    And if you live in school district that has low ranking despite being in a town with high family incomes - talk to the corresponding board of education (and good luck with that!).

    Image:New Jersey School Districts Rank Determined By Family Income But Bargains Still Remain to Be Had
    Figure. Avalon ranking of school district versus median family income.

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