June 24, 2011
BC tops annual Capital Region school rankings
Bethlehem Central's academic performance has been ranked first out the region's 85 school districts in the latest "Schools Report" from The Business Review.
The rankings appear in the Albany-based newspaper's June 24-30 edition, which is on newsstands now.
The ranking are primarily derived from districts' 2009-10 state report cards, and account for student performance in academic subjects and a graduation score based on graduation rates, post-graduation plans, and the percentage of students earning an advanced Regents diploma.
"As we prepare to send another class of graduates off into the world tonight, this is another reminder of how much we have to be proud of as a community at BC," Superintendent Michael Tebbano said. "Achievements like this are the result of a focused, team effort. We have an administration and Board of Education that are committed to the success of all students; a faculty and staff that is second-to-none; students that work hard; and parents and community members that care deeply about education."
BC has ranked in the top five in The Business Review rankings for the past several years. Last year it was ranked No. 2.
The Schools Report report also included rankings for financial information and superintendent and teacher salaries.
In terms of expenditures per pupil, BC ranked 55th, meaning it is spending less on this measure than most of the other district's in the region. The district ranked 13th in superintendent pay and 18th in median teacher salary.
The information in the Schools Report can be accessed online at http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/feature/schools-2011/.