Study ranks Nevada Union high school district among the best deals for parents |

Study ranks Nevada Union high school district among the best deals for parents

Nevada Joint Union High School District’s affordable home prices and strong academic performance makes it one of the best bargains among California school districts, according to a study by the number crunchers at

The personal finance website, which aims to help consumers make smart financial decisions, ranked Nevada Joint Union as the 18th best bargain out of 375 state school districts.

Kamran Rosen, the study’s author and a content analyst and economics writer for the web site, looked at a variety of different factors to determine the list. Using local data from the Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, he averaged districts’ index score for median home values and certain monthly homeowner costs, such as property taxes, to determine an area’s affordability.

Rosen also analyzed district standardized test scores, graduation rates and student-teacher ratios using information from the California Department of Education for the 2012-2013 school year, the last year for which data is available.

Each component carried different weight in determining a district’s overall score. Home affordability was 25 percent of a district’s score; standardized tests were weighted at 35 percent, while graduation rates and student-teacher ration were weighted at 30 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

The Nevada Joint Union district secured the list’s 18th spot in part because of its 2013 median home value of $343,700, along with its 90.8 percent graduation rate for the class of 2013, according to the study.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230

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