The Kansas City Business Journal launched its new school index score to measure Kansas City school districts and identify those school systems considered to be high-performing.
USD 232 is ranked second behind the Blue Valley School District leading the Kansas City area as top school districts.
According to the Kansas City Business Journal (KCBJ), the index is based on student performance on standardized exams at various grade levels, district wide student-teacher ratios and graduation rates, using the most recent data available for each district.
Top 5 Area School Districts Source: Kansas City Business Journal
Blue Valley School District
De Soto USD No. 232
Piper USD No. 203
Park Hill School District
About the Index
The Kansas City Business Journal School Index is comprised of nine components of equal weight. Districts receive a score for each component, based on how they compare with the bi-state average. Data comes from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Kansas State Department of Education, surveys completed by the districts and KCBJ staff calculations.
Below is a list of the nine components used to compute each district's total index score.
Four-year graduation rate
Fourth-grade English, language arts/reading proficiency
Fourth-grade math proficiency
Fourth and fifth-grade science proficiency
Eighth-grade English, language arts/reading proficiency