R-7 School District receives national ‘What Parents Want’ Award

May 1, 2013 

For the 22nd year in a row, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District received the “What Parents Want” Award from SchoolMatch, an independent nationwide school selection service. Approximately 16 percent of the nation’s 15,571 public school districts received this award for meeting the needs of families choosing schools.

SchoolMatch, an independent, nationwide service, helps corporate employee families find schools that match the needs of their children. SchoolMatch has conducted more than 1,000 educational effectiveness audits of school systems and assists corporations with site selection studies.

SchoolMatch maintains information on every public school system throughout the nation and accredited private schools throughout the world. More than 7 million parents have accessed SchoolMatch.

Criteria used for award selection include a close match to what SchoolMatch users most often request, including competitive academic test scores, accreditation, recognition of excellence by a national foundation or by the U.S. Department of Education, competitive teacher salaries, a higher percent of budget spent on instruction services, a focus on library/media services and reasonable class sizes. The award also includes graduation rates and availability of comprehensive programs and services.

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