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Parkway earns 'What Parents Want' award

The Parkway School District has received the annual “What Parents Want” award.  Parkway is one of only 28 Missouri school districts receiving the celebrated award. 

 According to SchoolMatch, only 16 percent of the nation’s public school districts consistently meet the “What Parents Want” expectations. The Ohio-based firm ranks school systems in a national percentile format, making it possible for comparisons by parents, homebuyers, corporate leaders, policymakers, educators, or realtors using its services. 

A national compilation of more than 95,000 parent questionnaires completed by SchoolMatch clients in 2009 reveals parents most often look for school systems that are: 

  • Competitive in academic test scores and academically solid, but not so rigorous as to intimidate their children.

  • Accredited.

  • Recognized for excellence by a national foundation or by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Competitive in teacher salaries.

  • Above average in instructional expenditures on a national percentile basis.

  • Above average in expenditures for library/media services on a national percentile basis.

  • Known for small class size.

SchoolMatch has conducted more than 1000 Educational Effectiveness Audits of school systems throughout the country and assists corporations with site selection studies.  SchoolMatch maintains information on every public school system throughout the nation. Since 1992, the award program has recognized school systems that are making noteworthy efforts to meet the needs of the clientele they serve.  

To learn more about SchoolMatch and its rating system click here