Press release of June 22, 2012
again ranked 5th out of 85 school districts overall
Math scores 3rd in Capital Region & science scores
BURNT HILLS: On June 22, the Albany-based
Business Review newspaper published its
annual compendium of rankings and data on public
school districts in the Greater Capital District.
Their "Schools Report 2012" ranks
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 5th out of the 85 school
districts that serve grades K-12 in an 11-country
This is the third year in a row
that BH-BL has ranked 5th overall.
BH-BL is the highest ranking school
district in Saratoga County.
In another Business Review
analysis, BH-BL ranked 74 in per pupil spending
(after being 77th last year). This means that 73
school districts spent more money per pupil than
"To read that our student learning
results were 5th overall while our cost per pupil
was 74th is very exciting," says retiring
superintendent Jim Schultz. "That combination is
pretty hard to beat."
"Even in difficult fiscal times,
this is a community that pulls together to do the
hundreds of things necessary to bring about
exceptional student achievement," he said.
"Getting results like this takes motivated, hard
working students, engaged parents, and dedicated
staff and school board members. We have all of those
things here, supported by a fabulous community of
residents and businesses."
Separate chart for Math and
In a separate chart released on
June 21, the newspaper also compared student results
on state math and science tests in the 85 school
districts. This is the first year that the
Business Review has singled out these test
scores in this manner.
BH-BL math scores were 3rd highest
in the region, and science scores were 4th highest.
(See links below.)
Ranking based on state tests
and graduation data
The Business Review's
rankings are based on data from the State Education
Department's 2010-11 School Report Cards, which is
the most recent available data.
Rankings are based on the percent
of elementary through high school students who met
or exceeded state standards on various New York
state tests in English language arts, social
studies, science, and math. All NY students in
grades 3 - 8 take these tests, and almost all
students in grades 9 - 12 take the various high
school Regents exams.
Also factored into the
rankings is a score for high school graduation results that
takes into account "the percentage of students who
graduated with a Regents diploma with an advanced
designation, the percentage of high school
completers and the percentage of seniors who plan to
attend college or some form of post-secondary
school," according to the Business Review's
The "Schools Report 2012" includes
a number of other charts as well. According to
their analysis the BH-BL median teacher salary
ranked 15th in the region (the same as last year),
and superintendent's salary was 24th in the region
(down from 7th last year).
View the entire
Schools Report 21012 here.
separate Math and Science scores chart here.