Ten Counties Honored With What Parents Want Award

March 24, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Ten West Virginia county school systems have what parents want, according to SchoolMatch, a nationally recognized public school database. Brooke County, Cabell County, Harrison County, Jefferson County, Kanawha County, Marion County, Monongalia County, Ohio County, Putnam County and Wood County were selected for the “What Parents Want” award based on information obtained from the counties’ assessors, auditors, state taxing authorities, state departments of education, etc.  

Only 16 percent of the nation’s 15,573 public school districts were recognized for meeting the needs of families choosing schools when relocating.  

A compilation of information of more than 97,000 parent questionnaires revealed that parents look for school systems with competitive academic test scores, accreditation, recognized for excellence by a national foundation or the U.S. Department of Education, competitive teachers salaries, above average instructional expenditures on a national percentile basis and above average expenditures for library/media services on a national percentile basis.  

Corporations and consumers use SchoolMatch when moving across town, up-grading residences, relocating to a new area and for general information about schools. School administrators use the database to focus on goals for school system improvement based upon the performance of the schools  

SchoolMatch is an independent, nationwide service that helps corporate employee families find schools that match the needs of the their children. It maintains information on every public school system throughout the nation. The service is offered as an employee benefit by nearly 600 companies, including Office Depot, Ernst &Young, Hewlett Packard and Nationwide Insurance.  

For more information about SchoolMatch, visit http://schoolmatch.com.  

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