Broken Arrow Public Schools Wins What Parents Want Award

Broken Arrow Public Schools has once again been selected as a winner of the national “What Parents Want Award.”

The award honors the nation’s top school districts that are best at meeting the needs of families when choosing schools.

Only 16 percent of the nation’s 15,571 public school districts have been recognized with this honor in 2010.

joins 14 other Oklahoma school districts in being chosen for the 19th annual award as selected by SchoolMatch, the nation’s largest school selection consulting firm.

SchoolMatch maintains information on every public school system throughout the nation, and specializes in helping corporate employee families find schools that match the needs of their children.

Criteria used for the award selection include competitive in academic test scores, accredited, recognized for excellence by a national foundation or by the U.S. Department of Education, competitive in teacher salaries, above average in instructional expenditures on a national percentile basis, and above average in expenditures for library/media services on a national percentile basis.

The criteria are based on a compilation of over 97,000 parent questionnaires completed by SchoolMatch clients.

“This recognition reflects our School District’s important role for economic development in our community,” Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gary Gerber said.

More than seven million parents have accessed SchoolMatch services though a variety of website locations including national, regional, and local real estate firms, various multiple listing services, chambers of commerce, economic development offices, and other family oriented offices.

“This national award is especially gratifying because it shows that an independent and respected group such as Schoolcast has studied our district’s excellence and chosen to spotlight that excellence on a national stage through this prestigious honor.”

Updated 05-12-2010

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