School System Earns Gold for Academic Achievement

Tue, 05/08/2007 - 3:54pm
By: The Citizen

The Fayette County School System is one of the best public school systems in the nation, according to Expansion Management Magazine.

The publication, a business magazine for executives of companies that are actively looking for a place to expand or relocate their facilities within the next one to three years, has rated Fayette as a gold medal district, placing it in the top 16 percent of 2,819 systems nationwide with an enrollment of at least 3,300 students. The magazine rates school systems as a way of providing its readers with a basis for comparing the type of work force they are likely to encounter in various communities around the country.

Fayette’s ranking results have been published in the magazine’s 16th annual Education Quotient (EQ). A partial ranking list, which includes Fayette, can be viewed online at under “research studies.

The EQ is calculated on a weighted scale that measures three indices: graduate outcome (how well students learn and how many stay to graduation), resource index (which measures a community’s financial commitment to education) and community index (which measures the community’s adult education and income levels). All three indices, as well as the EQ score, are calculated on a scale of 1 (lowest) and 99 (highest), with 50 being the midpoint. Fayette’s EQ score is 84.

The magazine has presented the school system with a certificate recognizing it as a gold medal winner.

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