<p>I have been asked for my advice about switching school districts by a woman for whom I tutor English. I have been searching the internet for district report cards and other data to help formulate some good advice but I am finding that comparing schools across state lines can be confusing. So, here I am asking some of the wisest people on the planet for some guidance. : )</p>
<p>A little background: My student and her husband came to this country 12 years ago and have, since that time, had 3 children here in the U.S. Both parents work and own there own home in Aurora, IL. The oldest child is in 6th grade and the middle child is in 2nd. The youngest is in pre-K. The two oldest have both transistioned into English-only classrooms and are doing well. I think the youngest will be placed in a K class that offers esl support, with the goal being to move into an English-only class by 2nd grade like his sisters.</p>
<p>My student is a bright woman who, like all mothers, wants to provide the best opportunities for her children. She understands how crucial a good education is and wants that for her children. That said, and as successful as her children's transition to an English-speaking world has been, the schools that her daughters are now in have abysmal test scores. </p>
<p>There is also a website that some of you may be familiar with: greatschools.org It ranks schools by test scores within a state. Both of these school score a 2 out of 10 within the State of IL. You can't compare rankings between schools in different states, however, because different states test differently, so we're talking apples and oranges.</p>
<p>My student's family has an opportunity to work in a family business in Lovington, NM. Her husband wants to make the move but she is hesitant. She wants to be sure the schools there are at least as good as what she'll be leaving behind in Aurora. </p>
<p>When you look at the Lovington, NM great schools score, the individual schools rank a 6 or 7. But I have no idea how stringent the testing is in NM or how rigorous their curriculum requirements are. </p>
<p>Here's the last district "report card" that I can find. It's from 2007-2008.
<p>The 2010 Lovington 4 year graduation rates (83% overall, 82.2 Hispanic) compare favorably to 2011 Aurora's (68.7 overall, 67.7 Hispanic).
<p>I also looked at ACT scores between the districts, but again we're talking apples and oranges since IL requires all students to take the test and in Lovington less than 1/3 of each class takes the test.</p>
<p>I'm swimming in data here and am hoping that some of you will be able to share your wisdom. On the face of it, it looks like the Lovington schools would be a good choice. Does anyone have any information about the state of public schools in NM? If you've taken the time to wade this far into my dilemma, do you have any advice that I could pass on?</p>
<p>So far, the only thing I suggested to her was that I'd wait until the end of this school year before I'd switch schools. She had already decided that on her own.</p>
<p>I want to be able to provide her with some objective truth with which she and her husband can make a good decision. She trusts my judgment, but I really don't want to steer them in the wrong direction. This is a huge decision, and if they do move, I'd hate for the schools to be worse than what they have now.</p>
<p>All advice welcome!</p>