Top 10 best school districts for your real estate buck in U.S.

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Done in partnership with GreatSchools, Forbes analyzed 17,589 towns and cities in the 49 states that administer standardized, statewide tests (Nebraska doesn't have one test). GreatSchools also used results from the most recent National Assessment for Educational Progress data, a federal program that tests randomly selected students in fourth, eighth and 12th grades to provide state-level assessments of learning and educational progress.


By combining the two datasets, GreatSchools could calibrate the results of varying state tests by national standards to come up with an absolute score for each city. It then graded them on a curve with the highest-ranking district, Falmouth, representing 100. Then the list was cut by median home prices, as well as offering an overall ranking. Note: Big cities are at a disadvantage because their poorly performing schools can cancel out excellent ones.


The second annual look at America's top districts again demolishes the idea that more money equals a better education.


   Southlake, Texas


Southlake, Texas
Southlake, Texas []
Pop. 26,297

Median Home Price: $476,880

Score: 95.74 (of 100)

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