I have mixed feelings about standardized testing. As a mom, I dislike that my children’s teachers are required to teach to the test instead of spending time instilling in them a love of learning. As a data junkie, however, I adore them. The sheer volume of spreadsheets and ways to compare schools, communities and states is nothing less than exhilarating.
So, with two of my children in elementary school and standardized test scores in hand, I set out to determine, based on data, which Juneau grade school is the best one.