With Labor Day behind us, it's officially back-to-school for everyone in the Greater Boston region. Whether you're wiping away first-day-of-school tears or breathing a sigh of relief, area residents have an extra level of assurance with the release of Boston Magazine's latest survey of Best Public Schools in Boston. Notable local stand-outs include Lexington at #3, Bedford at #5, Concord-Carlisle at #6, and Lincoln-Sudbury at #13.
The survey page explains some changes made in the ranking methodology — this year’s list focuses on the top districts inside or bisected by Interstate 495. The raw numbers were provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the analysis "rewarded schools that have smaller class sizes, lower student-to-teacher ratios, and higher rates of per-pupil spending, among other characteristics. In response to criticism of such rankings, we’ve also tried to deemphasize test results."
Quoted in The Bedford Citizen, Superintendent of Bedford Public Schools Jon Sills places the rankings in perspective and points out items not measured by the survey that make Bedford's #5 ranking even more a cause for celebration.
Congrats to all the top-ranked schools and best wishes for a successful academic year to all of our region's students, teachers and administrators!