Colorado Springs Schools – You Get What You Pay For

Once in a while I like to play with numbers, and this week while adding some new school district information to the relocation section of my web site, I ran some numbers on the average home prices, by school district. Not so surprisingly, the figures came out somewhat in lockstep with with state CSAP scores. It should be noted that CSAP scores do not tell the whole picture of educational quality. Moreover, 3rd grade reading test scores may or may not be the best measure, and what I have presented is the percentage deemed ‘proficient’ or better. However, this presents a somewhat objective measure of what it is happening in each of the major districts of the area. If you want more details from any school check the State Department of Education Schoolview Web Site. It shows a very high correlation of the cost of real estate in Colorado Springs with the corresponding school district test scores.

 Here is a brief summary:

Colorado Springs School Districts – Home Prices vs Test Scores

  2009 Avg Home Price 2009 3rd Grade reading CSAP (Proficient + Advanced)
Cheyenne Mountain D12 $449,620 93.0%
Lewis Palmer D38 $395,356 89.2%
Academy D20 $310,690 86.1%
Falcon D49 $214,388 79.0%
Fountain Fort Carson D8 $170,662 79.0%
Colorado Springs D11 $182,443 74.9%
Widefield D3 $159,162 73.6%
Harrison D2 $131,376 69.1%

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