Best School Districts for Your Buck in Indiana

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Best School Districts for Your Buck in Indiana

A big garage would be nice, as would a pool, but for many house hunters, top marks go to homes that are in a good school district. Almost a third of homebuyers listed school quality as their deciding factor, according to a survey last year by the National Association of Realtors.

However, buying a home near good schools comes at a cost. Not only are homes typically more expensive in districts with quality schools, but local taxes are often higher, too.

NerdWallet’s analysis

To determine which places are worth the extra cost, NerdWallet examined 281 school districts in Indiana for quality. Our analysis considered test scores, graduation rates and class size and compared that data with housing costs. The lower the costs, which include mortgage payments and property taxes, the higher the district ranked on our list.

Best school districts for your buck in Indiana

1. Orleans Community Schools

The 98.6% graduation rate and 90.7% pass rate on the end-of-course assessment in algebra in Orleans Community Schools mean it has one of the highest ranks in Indiana. Orleans also had a median home value of $88,300 in 2013, which made the area one of the most affordable on the list.

2. Crawfordsville Community Schools

Crawfordsville stands out in several of our metrics. Among the 281 school districts we analyzed, Crawfordsville’s average SAT score of 1553 was the 18th highest and its graduation rate of 98.7% was the seventh highest in the state. The median home value of $93,000 was the second lowest in our top 10 and $20,000 below the state median.

3. Carroll Consolidated School Corporation

Carroll Consolidated, which has a robotics team for high school students, touts its growing STEM program (science, technology, engineering and math). Other notable achievements include an algebra end-of-course assessment pass rate of 91.8%, which tied for second highest in the top 10.

4. South Adams Schools

South Adams made our list with consistent performance in all metrics, including a graduation rate of 96.1% and an average SAT score of 1476. South Adams is also notable for its technology push, which has equipped every elementary school student with an iPad and high school students with laptops. The high school was honored as one of Indiana’s National Blue Ribbon Schools in 2015.

5. Northwestern School Corporation

Northwestern School Corporation’s graduation rate of 99.2% was the highest in our top 10, and the fourth highest in the state. The average SAT score of 1589 was the eighth highest on the list. However, the quality comes at a price: The median home value here of $132,400 was one of the highest in the top 10.

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6. Delaware Community School Corporation

The Delaware Community School Corporation, which received an “A” from the Indiana Department of Education, boasts an end-of-course assessment pass rate of 91.8% and an SAT average of 1508. In addition to academics, the district’s Delta High School is known for athletic excellence in a variety of sports.

7. West Lafayette Community School Corporation

Students in this school district have the highest SAT average among the 281 districts NerdWallet analyzed. The area also ranked in the top 20 for the graduation rate of 98.5% and its end-of-course assessment pass rate of 92.7%. With a median home value of $173,600, West Lafayette was the most expensive school district in the top 10.

8. North Spencer County School Corporation

North Spencer has shown consistent quality, with an “A” grade from the Indiana Department of Education for the past four years. The district’s graduation rate of 98.6% is 12th highest on the list, and its end-of-course assessment pass rate of 91.2% was 29th. While the median home value of $123,300 topped the state median, it did so by only about $10,000.

9. Speedway School Town

While the town of Speedway is best known for its auto races, it makes our list for finishing ahead of other school districts. Speedway boasts a graduation rate of 98.2% and an SAT average of 1520, the 34th highest of the 281 districts analyzed in this report.

10. DeKalb County Eastern Community School District

While DeKalb’s SAT average of 1628 was the fourth highest in the state, its overall score in our study was hurt by a below-median graduation rate of 86.8%, which was ranked 245th in Indiana. But students’ performance has improved over the past two years and the district is now rated with a “B” by the Indiana Department of Education.

Best school districts for your buck in Indiana

RankSchool districtGraduation rate for class of 2014End-of-Course Assessment pass rate for algebra IAverage SAT scoreStudent-to-educator ratio2013 median home valueScore
1Orleans Community Schools98.60%90.70%148513.66$88,30080.02
2Crawfordsville Community Schools98.70%70.50%155311.89$93,00078.38
3Carroll Consolidated School Corporation94.00%91.80%154814.42$98,40077.08
4South Adams Schools96.10%89.40%147613.39$108,30075.64
5Northwestern School Corporation99.20%82.90%158914.36$132,40075.53
6Delaware Community School Corporation96.40%91.80%150815.42$105,50073.49
7West Lafayette Community School Corporation98.50%92.70%178414.31$173,60073.24
8North Spencer County School Corporation98.60%91.20%148114.92$123,30073.18
9Speedway School Town98.20%80.60%152012.71$117,50073.09
10DeKalb County Eastern Community School District86.80%76.80%16287.26$94,80072.75
11Southeast Dubois County School Corporation98.40%95.10%151416.49$135,30072.63
12Mississinewa Community School Corporation96.70%79.70%145315.47$79,60072.54
13Bloomfield School District100.00%86.50%139015.38$89,10072.13
14John Glenn School Corporation96.50%92.10%151014.69$127,40072.04
15Liberty-Perry Community School Corporation95.10%89.70%145714.14$94,20071.77
16Barr-Reeve Community School Corporation95.20%92.90%146713.14$139,20071.47
17Vincennes Community School Corporation95.90%73.20%147613.77$82,30071.47
18Loogootee Community School Corporation98.60%75.80%149817.51$92,50071.01
19Warren County Metropolitan School District95.70%92.50%140612.86$95,80070.55
20New Castle Community School Corporation93.80%67.90%150912.94$81,20070.5
21Clinton Central School Corporation98.80%80.70%146413.23$98,80070.48
22Wabash City Schools92.80%81.30%142314.25$73,80070.24
23Randolph Southern School Corporation95.60%73.70%145713.38$83,30070.16
24Rush County Schools98.00%75.60%146714.15$101,50069.99
25Monroe Central School Corporation98.60%81.80%133414.16$77,60068.93
26South Vermillion Community School Corporation96.00%69.60%144413.66$75,50068.88
27Eastern Howard School Corporation99.10%85.50%146015.12$123,30068.6
28Madison-Grant United School Corporation96.40%83.80%141015.14$90,70068.48
29South Henry School Corporation98.60%82.60%140913.48$104,00068.18
30Logansport Community School Corporation92.20%76.30%141112.06$72,40068.01
31White River Valley School District93.20%75.90%144014.63$78,20067.87
32Peru Community Schools96.20%76.10%136015.56$65,60067.6
33Shenandoah School Corporation95.20%89.90%143917.21$99,90067.57
34Marion Community Schools94.50%73.90%138413.25$71,60067.49
35Clay Community Schools92.20%85.90%143814.31$91,30067.31
36Southwest Allen County Metropolitan School District95.00%94.10%159314.84$169,20067.24
37West Washington School Corporation97.50%81.70%136614.32$95,10067.18
38Northwest Allen County Schools96.90%93.30%157516.5$169,20067.14
39Tri-Township Consolidated School Corporation95.70%80.00%145510.69$125,80066.95
40Perry Central Community School Corporation98.60%84.50%140916.32$112,50066.94
41C. A. Beard Memorial School Corporation96.10%89.00%142415.51$102,10066.91
42North Harrison Community School Corporation97.00%78.20%149616.07$124,90066.77
43Monroe County Community School Corporation92.60%81.70%159812.93$160,70066.73
44Washington Community School Corporation95.20%75.20%144014.83$94,10066.55
45Fayette County School Corporation91.40%86.70%141714.83$81,70066.51
46Richmond Community School Corporation95.40%70.10%141913.03$86,00066.3
47Rochester Community School Corporation98.30%82.20%136214.57$98,10066.28
48Pike County School Corporation90.40%86.80%142014.16$85,80066.2
49North Lawrence Community Schools89.40%87.00%147913.56$102,40066.1
50West Central School Corporation88.90%84.10%148412.13$106,00066.05
51South Central Community School Corporation98.50%95.50%143114.61$147,70065.74
52Benton Community School Corporation93.20%75.30%146513.6$92,30065.32
53Medora Community School Corporation100.00%51.70%137710.57$83,90065.28
54Manchester Community Schools90.40%81.10%150616.79$99,50065.26
55Alexandria Community School Corporation96.00%77.20%139816.36$88,00065.24
56Southeast Fountain School Corporation93.50%72.40%143213.9$81,30065.18
57Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation95.70%89.00%145416.23$121,00065.14
58North Posey County Schools Metropolitan School District97.80%65.90%148513.31$126,50065.04
59Lafayette School Corporation89.20%77.40%146511.87$99,30065
60South Gibson School Corporation93.80%92.80%149317.96$126,70064.96
61Western Boone County Community School Corporation98.10%86.40%149915.72$147,80064.94
62Lebanon Community School Corporation96.20%81.80%146314.34$125,70064.93
63Fairfield Community Schools92.90%91.00%153715.51$158,80064.92
64Clarksville Community School Corporation97.70%65.30%142714.32$102,90064.68
65Plainfield Community School Corporation94.10%94.20%153617.08$151,80064.68
66Brownsburg Community School Corporation98.30%92.30%148614.95$159,40064.68
67Daleville Community Schools87.10%91.90%147613.75$95,80064.58
68South Montgomery Community School Corporation98.30%74.30%141913.64$117,90064.57
69Greensburg Community Schools94.50%79.70%141914.88$109,40064.55
70Randolph Eastern School Corporation98.00%56.00%136912.9$64,60064.48
71Elwood Community School Corporation91.40%65.60%145913.71$77,10064.27
72Warsaw Community Schools93.80%81.70%148113.76$132,50064.19
73Jay School Corporation95.60%66.60%137313.22$79,30064.18
74Batesville Community School Corporation96.20%85.50%158114.8$178,90064.08
75Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corporation97.00%85.40%151414.92$158,10063.86
76Northeast Dubois County School Corporation90.10%92.90%145414.74$125,70063.83
77Centerville-Abington Community Schools93.20%74.00%153316.01$112,50063.79
78Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation97.70%88.00%155619.09$164,00063.74
79Franklin Township Community School Corporation97.00%91.60%146616.55$139,10063.68
80Brown County County School Corporation92.30%96.00%146612.48$157,40063.63
81Mount Vernon Metropolitan School District88.60%79.80%156313.41$129,80063.61
82Muncie Community Schools92.50%63.70%140813.25$71,30063.52
83Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District96.80%53.20%145012.92$95,90063.52
84Mitchell Community Schools87.30%84.90%146815.84$89,40063.5
85Argos Community Schools90.60%70.80%147713.51$96,60063.26
86Vigo County School Corporation93.40%67.50%146815.59$91,60063.14
87North Adams Community Schools93.30%66.70%144011.71$107,80063.08
88Tri-County School Corporation90.00%61.20%153012.29$99,00063.06
89Salem Community Schools94.10%65.00%146515.52$95,00062.97
90Huntington County Community School Corporation89.60%74.50%148314.14$97,10062.86
91Union County-College Corner Joint School District87.70%70.90%155513.11$107,00062.64
92Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation89.70%79.60%142414.35$95,10062.6
93South Harrison Community Schools95.10%66.30%146914.34$114,00062.59
94Wes-Del Community Schools96.90%75.80%137111.96$117,60062.43
95South Spencer County School Corporation92.90%76.00%141915.36$95,70062.42
96Triton School Corporation91.00%88.20%141914.34$106,40062.29
97Whitko Community School Corporation91.20%82.30%147616.18$110,10062.28
98Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools96.90%82.40%149419.03$138,60062.1
99North Daviess Community Schools95.70%72.90%141615.3$117,20062.09
100Southwestern Jefferson County Consolidated Schools90.20%78.20%144214.16$100,50061.95
101Noblesville Schools94.30%85.60%156813.93$174,50061.94
102Edinburgh Community School Corporation98.10%75.00%132914.01$86,80061.93
103Springs Valley Community School Corporation93.20%76.90%139516.1$91,70061.9
104Lanesville Community School Corporation100.00%81.50%145115.76$167,00061.72
105North Putnam Community Schools94.20%89.70%142715.48$121,00061.65
106Carmel Clay Schools97.20%97.10%168415.82$288,10061.63
107Northern Wells Community Schools94.60%73.10%146015.65$123,00061.61
108Frankton-Lapel Community Schools96.60%76.10%143617.56$110,00061.52
109Tell City-Troy Township School Corporation93.70%65.00%143414.49$92,80061.48
110Prairie Heights Community School Corporation89.40%88.40%140912.81$121,00061.46
111Zionsville Community Schools96.20%97.20%167715.03$330,60061.43
112Shakamak Schools Metropolitan School District96.60%58.40%137214.71$73,40061.31
113North Vermillion Community School Corporation98.10%43.50%139411.54$74,40061.27
114Clinton Prairie School Corporation93.90%81.60%144215.2$112,90061.11
115Linton-Stockton School Corporation89.20%74.20%144716.9$75,90061.08
116Wawasee Community School Corporation88.60%87.30%148313.83$142,30061.01
117Greenwood Community School Corporation92.30%90.10%144516.6$125,00060.96
118Mill Creek Community School Corporation96.80%86.20%143414.29$160,90060.91
119Eastern Greene County School District93.80%84.30%142616.29$119,10060.89
120Oak Hill United School Corporation93.90%67.20%141714.52$96,70060.69
121Avon Community School Corporation97.10%90.00%152017.65$163,90060.68
122East Noble School Corporation92.50%76.70%144015.35$112,60060.68
123North Knox School Corporation94.20%44.10%152816.69$74,60060.5
124South Madison Community School Corporation93.80%83.90%149117.96$134,30060.46
125North Gibson School Corporation91.30%63.50%143613.01$96,10060.43
126Smith-Green Community Schools94.20%83.90%141614.37$142,10060.37
127Southern Wells Community Schools96.80%41.90%153714.64$113,60060.37
128Frankfort Community Schools90.80%79.80%133912.64$87,60060.23
129Plymouth Community School Corporation91.50%77.90%147614.94$125,80060.13
130Sheridan Community Schools96.40%79.50%144113.23$136,50059.99
131Crawford County Community School Corporation88.70%78.90%139615.61$82,70059.93
132Goshen Community Schools85.80%83.00%142811.61$113,20059.8
133Spencer-Owen Community Schools92.50%78.00%147520.67$105,10059.67
134Shelbyville Central Schools98.00%68.90%140115.88$108,50059.64
135East Washington School Corporation95.00%70.50%146016.32$114,00059.56
136Westfield-Washington Schools97.80%92.80%158515.16$217,50059.44
137Hamilton Southeastern Schools94.60%95.10%160317.62$199,10059.43
138Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation86.70%78.60%150713.87$120,60059.39
139Cloverdale Community Schools87.20%93.10%140615.93$99,70059.35
140Bartholomew County School Corporation89.80%75.50%154215.12$137,20059.24
141Western School Corporation94.80%67.00%152614.1$145,30059.11
142Lawrenceburg Community School Corporation96.60%77.10%139315.01$135,20059.03
143Munster School Town97.20%93.80%157718.81$196,40059.01
144Whitley County Consolidated Schools94.70%79.50%143116.32$134,00058.98
145Warrick County School Corporation91.90%86.00%149216.1$146,30058.98
146Mishawaka School City91.50%64.10%140313.67$88,90058.92
147New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated Schools96.70%72.60%148015.22$150,40058.88
148DeKalb County Central United School District89.90%76.40%149017.56$115,60058.71
149Blackford County Schools92.90%54.40%143916.72$70,40058.61
150Eastern Hancock County Community School Corporation93.50%98.20%142315.89$160,70058.54
151West Noble School Corporation87.30%90.50%137913.93$103,50058.53
152Wa-Nee Community Schools90.50%92.90%146915.82$156,60058.45
153South Putnam Community Schools94.20%82.30%143114.78$143,60058.29
154South Knox School Corporation89.20%79.80%143116.97$106,60058.28
155East Gibson School Corporation87.30%70.40%140712.13$86,10058.25
156La Porte Community School Corporation88.10%74.10%148513.72$118,20058.24
157Milan Community Schools94.10%57.30%151815.79$118,30058.18
158Nettle Creek School Corporation93.10%67.90%146215.89$113,10058.17
159Tipton Community School Corporation96.90%55.60%144414.57$108,00058.08
160North Miami Community Schools89.70%73.30%140615.19$92,10058.03
161Eastbrook Community School Corporation88.60%75.40%143114.95$104,70057.97
162Delphi Community School Corporation95.90%64.10%139315.72$99,50057.96
163Lake Station Community Schools92.50%83.20%132115.52$85,70057.94
164North Montgomery Community School Corporation96.10%64.80%140414.01$120,20057.83
165Shelby Eastern Schools93.80%77.10%144715.84$133,30057.79
166Brownstown Central Community School Corporation93.80%69.10%148816.3$136,30057.73
167Twin Lakes School Corporation86.40%90.80%139213.82$116,20057.52
168Decatur County Community Schools93.30%65.70%141113.25$114,80057.36
169Rossville Consolidated School District90.80%83.60%145415.46$129,30057.07
170Danville Community School Corporation94.00%91.70%145116.56$156,60056.92
171Duneland School Corporation96.80%82.80%153217.84$177,50056.84
172Knox Community School Corporation88.90%77.60%137315.18$96,00056.68
173Greater Clark County Schools94.40%69.20%141614.12$124,80056.61
174Hamilton Community Schools91.30%59.50%14939.77$146,30056.4
175Fremont Community Schools92.50%75.70%144615.88$138,30056.4
176Hamilton Heights School Corporation92.50%72.40%154116.64$154,80056.37
177Southwest School Corporation91.60%76.00%130014.38$80,60056.36
178Martinsville Schools Metropolitan School District89.00%79.20%149315.06$136,30056.32
179Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community Schools86.00%69.00%142913.75$90,00056.3
180Randolph Central School Corporation85.90%61.10%141413.26$76,60056.18
181Tippecanoe School Corporation92.10%74.90%153116.94$150,20056.1
182Frontier School Corporation85.70%77.40%145212.95$116,00055.89
183Middlebury Community Schools89.90%84.00%148715.94$158,00055.88
184Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation90.40%73.80%145813.53$142,10055.87
185Mount Vernon Community School Corporation93.80%89.50%147517.13$165,40055.86
186Attica Consolidated School Corporation87.30%79.60%137714.13$89,50055.82
187Baugo Community Schools94.80%77.10%140117.27$129,20055.72
188North West Hendricks Schools94.40%89.20%145317.14$164,40055.69
189Franklin Community School Corporation91.40%77.50%148516.87$131,30055.63
190Oregon-Davis School Corporation92.70%68.50%124411.33$96,70055.62
191Northwestern Consolidated School Corporation98.30%88.20%139216.86$156,20055.54
192Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation88.00%81.00%145617.35$115,10055.44
193North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation95.80%53.70%139113.99$97,80055.41
194Seymour Community Schools96.50%75.20%138120.83$118,40055.24
195Lakeland School Corporation91.20%73.30%141214.62$122,60055.15
196Covington Community School Corporation94.90%54.70%140114.63$103,00055.02
197South Newton School Corporation80.70%92.50%129011.34$84,60054.91
198Boone Township Metropolitan School District98.70%61.30%148916.99$155,80054.38
199Crown Point Community School Corporation97.00%84.70%148318.04$183,10054.26
200Jennings County Schools91.30%56.60%140814.92$89,70054.16
201Center Grove Community School Corporation92.60%86.10%156317.09$187,20054.04
202Southern Hancock County Community School Corporation95.90%84.20%150620.06$170,40053.95
203South Ripley Community School Corporation87.00%66.30%142813.03$112,10053.74
204Westview School Corporation90.40%95.10%145515.51$218,50053.23
205Taylor Community School Corporation91.80%51.50%145115.39$106,00053.22
206Maconaquah School Corporation94.70%52.00%142516.18$99,70053.15
207Warren Township Metropolitan School District90.70%67.30%139314.86$108,00052.99
208Valparaiso Community Schools91.70%86.60%154518.94$182,70052.96
209North Newton School Corporation87.90%75.60%143515.4$127,90052.75
210Monroe-Gregg School District91.20%71.30%146115.46$143,00052.71
211Highland School Town94.90%78.60%144418.43$153,90052.65
212Perry Township Metropolitan School District92.70%67.30%140915.14$124,10052.65
213Beech Grove City Schools88.80%52.20%144414.42$93,40052.34
214Wabash County Schools Metropolitan School District90.60%58.10%140514.34$111,80052.31
215Rising Sun-Ohio County Community Schools90.60%64.70%147214.91$137,90052.15
216Union Township School Corporation94.00%76.20%155016.77$210,80052.13
217Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation96.20%87.10%143617.74$183,60052.13
218Pike Township Metropolitan School District93.90%66.80%141515.01$134,70052.02
219Southwest Dubois County School Corporation84.00%75.90%147216.11$123,90051.82
220East Porter County School Corporation93.40%83.90%145115.82$184,50051.8
221Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation79.70%82.00%142714.34$105,80051.69
222Pioneer Regional School Corporation88.60%54.70%139613.62$91,30051.69
223Kankakee Valley School Corporation88.80%84.40%142916.3$155,50051.49
224Steuben County Metropolitan School District84.80%70.30%150016.99$119,40051.44
225Western Wayne Schools85.60%75.70%138019.11$84,00051.23
226Decatur Township Metropolitan School District89.70%75.40%135016.45$109,00051.22
227Anderson Community School Corporation90.00%50.40%138012.91$83,00051.18
228Washington Township Metropolitan School District86.10%80.20%154014.46$173,20051.18
229Portage Township Schools92.50%82.20%138117.79$135,40051.17
230Greenfield-Central Community Schools88.60%78.80%145218.14$130,30051.11
231South Dearborn Community School Corporation92.10%69.10%143516.87$138,10050.67
232West Clark Community Schools95.20%67.40%139315.44$147,90050.57
233North White School Corporation91.30%47.20%140715.41$99,70050.41
234Franklin County Community School Corporation93.70%60.20%143516.85$130,30050.32
235New Prairie United School Corporation95.60%71.50%137517.66$150,10050.19
236Whiting School City93.60%86.40%130517.55$115,50050.14
237Michigan City Area Schools85.80%75.40%136814.15$115,00050.08
238Northeast School Corporation81.80%78.90%138119.59$73,30049.91
239Fort Wayne Community Schools88.60%52.90%137614.12$92,90049.83
240Switzerland County School Corporation92.60%62.80%133314.4$110,80049.77
241Northeastern Wayne Schools87.50%58.70%142914.88$106,60049.7
242Caston School Corporation83.90%55.00%144414.69$92,50049.57
243Lake Central School Corporation95.00%86.10%148817.97$210,70049.48
244Crothersville Community Schools86.00%50.00%139213.12$88,80049.02
245Hobart School City93.40%69.70%138318.29$128,20048.74
246Tri-Creek School Corporation96.80%77.60%140520.09$167,10048.55
247Madison Consolidated Schools88.60%57.80%142016.08$113,80048.42
248Scott County School District 282.50%83.60%138116.71$109,10048.41
249Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation81.70%66.30%144613.81$112,90048.2
250Concord Community Schools87.50%69.00%139215.31$125,90047.95
251Blue River Valley Schools80.90%72.70%142813.2$114,20047.45
252East Allen County Schools84.80%64.80%142815.76$113,80047.32
253Lawrence Township Metropolitan School District87.90%78.60%142716.4$152,00046.97
254Bremen Public Schools89.50%59.50%141214.16$137,60046.83
255Shoals Community School Corporation83.30%51.20%138612.65$82,70046.55
256Union School Corporation88.60%40.10%142113.07$95,50046.53
257New Durham Township Metropolitan School District98.60%51.30%141117.35$150,30046.5
258Eminence Community School Corporation84.80%75.00%138412$148,10046.32
259Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation90.90%63.10%143817.88$143,00046.07
260Southwest Parke Community School Corporation74.50%67.50%128411.94$74,30045.87
261Lake Ridge Schools95.20%40.10%123415.12$79,10045.85
262Kokomo-Center Township Consolidated School Corporation84.60%41.00%139713.19$79,20045.77
263Union-North United School Corporation87.80%53.70%139915.19$117,50045.7
264Greencastle Community School Corporation85.90%65.20%142014.44$128,50045.11
265Wayne Township Metropolitan School District93.90%41.70%132514.12$98,60045
266Elkhart Community Schools86.90%40.10%141113.1$103,80044.8
267Hanover Community School Corporation95.80%72.50%146418.27$203,10044.64
268Culver Community Schools Corporation86.20%51.40%137013.17$112,60044.53
269Southwestern Shelby County Consolidated Schools94.40%60.80%136314$153,20044.3
270Central Noble Community School Corporation86.70%46.10%144117.05$111,60043.07
271Porter Township School Corporation87.20%81.30%143517.26$189,50042.23
272Southeastern School Corporation82.20%63.60%136117.25$100,40041.83
273Paoli Community School Corporation80.70%44.00%140616.09$85,80039.81
274Hammond School City83.30%55.50%125513.99$92,20038.5
275Merrillville Community School92.90%57.00%128916.74$140,60037.99
276City of East Chicago School District84.30%53.50%120315.2$82,90037.91
277Gary Community School Corporation85.50%42.60%114717.06$65,60036.43
278Griffith Public Schools84.10%68.80%139219.76$140,30036.43
279Indianapolis Public Schools71.50%43.90%126511.57$81,80034.71
280South Bend Community School Corporation76.40%49.70%137417.44$102,50034.32
281River Forest Community School Corporation76.20%53.80%129517.8$79,40033.18

Methodology

We examined 281 public school districts in Indiana. Some districts were omitted because of missing data. Our analysis took into account four factors:

Graduation rate. We looked at the graduation rate for the class of 2013-2014. The data from the Indiana Department of Education are 20% of the score.

Test scores. This score includes the 2013-2014 End-of-Course Assessment pass rate for algebra for grades 7-12 and the most-recent SAT score data, for the class of 2011-12. The figures from the Indiana Department of Education are 40% of the score.

Class size. We looked at a district’s 2014-2015 average ratio of students to educators, which includes teachers as well as administrators. The data from the Indiana Department of Education are 10% of the score.

Housing cost. We averaged the median home value score and selected monthly owner costs, which includes utilities, real estate taxes, mortgage payments and condo fees. The more expensive the district, the lower the score. Data are from the 2013 American Community Survey, a division of the U.S. Census Bureau. This is 30% of our score.


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