Our mission is to bring equitable school rankings to all families in the US.
We do this because the dominant school rating sites on most major real estate portals use the proficiency model to evaluate school quality. These ratings can misrepresent out-performing schools that have diversity.
Parents should have a more balanced view of school quality when making one of the most significant investments of their lives. SchoolSparrow ratings utilize the value-add model to evaluate test scores as an indicator of school quality. Our ratings tend to elevate outperforming schools that have diversity.
Schools are an integral part of the surrounding community. In addition to educating the community’s children, they employ residents, connect neighbors, and impact home values.
The public perception of a school has an enormous impact on the surrounding community. Families that can afford to pay careful attention to school quality often choose neighborhoods where the local public school receives a high rating.
Today’s dominant rating system results in many neighborhoods getting overlooked by home buyers due to low proficiency scores, while the value-add model shows high scores for the same schools.
At SchoolSparrow, we help change public perception about underrated schools, and we help recognize schools that are outperforming dominant narratives about public education.
When parents search for real estate, they end up on websites where school ratings are published for the public schools assigned to any property.
Schools that score below a certain threshold are often passed over in favor of schools with higher scores. Generally speaking, our experience indicates that parents shopping for a new home want to see a 7/10 or better for the public school associated with their new home.
This tends to highlight schools in communities with high real estate prices and schools with less racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.
The ubiquitous school rankings on real estate search portals tend to favor schools where parents have high incomes and discount out-performing schools where parents have lower incomes. This is because parent income is the most significant influencer of standardized test scores - not school quality.
The school ratings at SchoolSparrow elevate outperforming schools to the forefront and shift focus away from parent income.
Our ranking algorithm controls for parent income. This results in a more balanced view of school quality that identifies schools where the educators are making the difference, not socioeconomics.
We aim to spread awareness to parents nationwide that there is more than one way to evaluate test scores. The proficiency model is dominant today, and we believe the value-add model will become more widely adopted in the future. With SchoolSparrow, home buyers can decide which model is suitable for their family.
In the end, by using our system, people will be able to live in more affordable communities, be closer to work, and with more time to spend with their families. If a working parent can
spend an extra hour a day with their children, this
overcomes the incremental difference between any two schools.
Imagine finding a home that fits your budget and provides your children with an outstanding education. It’s no longer just a great elementary school but a bright future.
Imagine what happens when you live closer to your job and spend less time commuting; you can spend more time with your children.
Imagine what happens when parents and local businesses see the value in their neighborhood public schools and continue to support their growth and their students’ futures.
Informationally, we also publish a diversity score based on the number of races that comprise at least 10% of the student population at each school. The max score is 40 points, which means four races are represented by at least 10%, or three are represented by at least 20% of the student population.