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Do you know where the best schools in your state are? With home prices falling, this might be a good time for parents to start looking for a home close to a great school. We have some suggestions. worked with GreatSchools, a San-Francisco-based nonprofit organization that rates schools and provides an online community for parents, and came up with the best high schools in each state in a number of different categories. We identified the best overall public high school in terms of test scores, the best public high school with an economically disadvantaged population, and the best improved public high school. In addition, we also offer the top public and private school in each state that parents rated the highest on the Web site. However, it is important to note that these last two categories are determined purely by parent participation and does not accurately represent the standing of the school; schools that received the most recommendations scored highest.

Editor's Note: The Best Overall Academic Performance: , Best Low-Income, and Best Improved schools were selected based on the most recent available state math, reading, and science standardized test scores for public schools. Math and reading were weighted twice as heavily as science. The schools with the Best Overall Academic Performance: had the best weighted test scores. The Best Low-Income school in each state had the highest weighted test score of the most economically disadvantaged schools. The Best Improved school is the school in each state that had the biggest weighted test score improvement compared to the previous year. The Parent's Choice schools are based on ratings given to the schools by visitors to the GreatSchools Web site. Choices were primarily limited to schools with at least 10 ratings, except in states where none of the schools met that threshold. The list included only schools with at least 100 students or a student population of half the median enrollment of all high schools in the state.

Source: GreatSchools

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