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#1– Delano Public Schools ranked #1 by Forbes
Oct. 14, 2013

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

DELANO, MN – Over the years, Delano Public Schools have been recognized with a number of awards and acknowledgements.

Forbes recently released the results of its latest survey, “Best Schools for Your Housing Buck,” and Delano Public Schools is ranked number-one in the nation for high-performing schools with affordable housing, according to a press release from Delano Public Schools.

After compiling data from school districts all over the country, Delano Public Schools came out on top.

The overwhelming conclusion from this survey is that the majority of the best high-performing schools with affordable housing are in Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, according to the press release.

“If you walked through downtown Delano and met young parents and asked them why they moved here, they’d say, ‘the school district,’” said Delano Public Schools Superintendent Matt Schoen. “Over the years, we’ve established a tradition of academic excellence.”

School districts nationwide were rated by using a comprehensive database at Schooldigger.com. This database compiles performance on standardized tests that are required under the No Child Left Behind law, and calculates percentile rankings for every school within each state.

In addition, Forbes adjusted the state level rankings to reflect the fact that every state uses its own standardized tests and there are significant differences in performance among states as measured by national standardized tests like ACT and SAT.

Forbes then went on to utilize two home value websites, Zillow and Trulia, screening for towns and cities where the median home prices were less than double the national median. These criteria placed Delano Public Schools at the top of the list.

“This doesn’t mean that there aren’t great schools elsewhere, but in most cases, you’ll have to pay to put your kids in them,” said Forbes Editor Daniel Fisher.

Like most of the districts that percolated to the top of this year’s rankings, Delano is within the orbit of a major city, but operates an independent school district, Fisher wrote.

“At 30 miles west of Minneapolis, Delano is a long commute to downtown, but it is drawing young families with parents who work in the suburbs,” he added.

“This is very exciting news for Delano Public Schools,” saids school district communications coordinator Traci Lawman.

Fisher said Forbes wanted full-service school districts with reasonably large student bodies, so it restricted its study to districts that provide kindergarten through 12th grade, and have more than 1,000 students. (that hurt rural states like Vermont, which has a number of high-quality, smaller school districts.)

Fisher is a senior editor at Forbes, covering legal affairs, corporate finance, macroeconomics, and the occasional sailing story.

To read Fisher’s complete article, visit the link from the Delano Herald Journal homepage.

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