CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Ten West Virginia School Systems are giving parents what they want.
Brooke, Cabell, Harrison, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Monongalia, Ohio, Putnam and Wood counties have received the “What Parents Want” Award from SchoolMatch, a national service that helps corporate employee families find schools to match the needs of their children.
Only 16 percent of the nation’s 15,571 public school districts have been recognized for meeting the needs of families choosing schools.
Schools were chosen based on the criteria determined by 95,000 completed parent questionnaires collected by SchoolMatch. The study found that parents most often look at test scores, accreditation, class size and recognition for excellence by a national foundation or the U.S. Department of Education.
Information was obtained from county assessors, auditors, state taxing authorities, state departments of education and other sources.
Corporations and consumers use SchoolMatch when moving across town, up-grading residencies, relocating to a new area and for general information about schools. More than seven million parents have accessed the site this year.
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