POINT OF PRIDE
Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, July 18, 2007
If you have children in the Howard County Public School system then you are already aware of this good news.
The School System sent out this notice
The July issue of Forbes Magazine lists the Howard County Public School System among the top ten school districts in the nation when it comes to providing the best public education for the price. Read the “Best and Worst Districts For The Buck” at the link below and see how the HCPSS stacks up!
Forbes used a complicated formula to come up with this list. However, HCPSS ranked 7 of 97 schools that met Forbes criteria.
From the article
More spending doesn’t necessarily buy you better schools. With property taxes rising across the country, we took a look at per-pupil spending in public schools and weighed it against student performance–college entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT, depending on which is more common in the state), exam participation rates and graduation rates.
The full rankings can be found here.
As you may also realize. CNN Money Magazine came out with their annual report on the best places to live in the USA. In 2006 Ellicott City/Columbia ranked 4th. Well both are off the top 100 list in 2007. Man, Ken has only been in office for 7 months – how quickly things change (if you can’t take a joke close your browser now).
For this year’s list we focused on smaller places that offered the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community.
However, Elkridge ranked number 42 – congratulations.