Of all the local neighborhood amenities that can influence a buyer’s decision to purchase a home, proximity to good quality schools is one of the most influential. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, schools were listed as the number one deciding factor for over 20% of home buyers. In Silicon Valley (Santa Clara and San Mateo counties) there are many nationally recognized and top rated schools.
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With so many testing programs out there, here is a quick guide to the ones you are most likely to hear about:
API: This is California’s way of gauging achievement in individual schools. The state uses a point system from 200 to 1,000. The score is calculated using results from the STAR program and from the high school exit exam.
STAR: This is a series of tests that assesses student achievement in topics such as math, English and science.
SAT: The College Board administers this test Scores are used by some colleges in determining admissions.
ACT: Another test used by colleges for admissions decisions.
HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM:Beginning with the Class of 2006, California will withhold diplomas from students who can’t pass this test
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