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A good school can lead to a lifetime of opportunity. A myriad of data shows that lifetime earnings increase dramatically with every degree earned. Bachelor’s degree holders will earn an average of about $26,000 more each year than high school graduates. And for those who decide that getting a college degree isn’t the best post-secondary option, a good school will give students the tools and support to make that decision, and the foundational skills needed to succeed in the workforce.

For many families, the school district is a primary criteria when deciding where to buy a home. But this consideration and the ability to choose is not a luxury that all families can afford, especially in today’s highly competitive housing market.

An important indicator of quality education is spending per student. Based on the most recent Census data available, the national average spending per student in fiscal year 2019 was $13,187. Several recent studies suggest that higher spending per student correlates with higher academic achievement, particularly in districts that predominantly serve low-income students. Since public schools are largely funded by property taxes, schools in low-income areas suffer most from underfunding for critical expenses such as staff salaries and benefits, transportation, educational resources, and services. support.

There are more than 13,000 school districts in the US, each one slightly different, for better or worse, than the next. However, there are several common denominators and, when compared, they can serve as indicators of what makes a district impactful.

Stacker compiled a list of the best school districts in Nebraska using Niche rankings. Niche ranks school districts based on a variety of criteria including academics (SAT/ACT scores and state proficiency tests), teacher salaries, spending per student, and access to extracurricular activities.

#10. Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools (Murdock)

– Number of schools: 2 (472 students)

– Graduation rate: 90% (74% proficient in reading and 74% proficient in math)

– Average teacher salary: $51,269 (student-teacher ratio of 12:1)

#9. Lincoln Public Schools (Lincoln)

– Number of schools: 73 (42,258 students)

– Graduation rate: 82% (56% proficient in reading and 56% proficient in math)

– Average teacher salary: $55,237 (student-teacher ratio of 13:1)

#8. Bennington Public Schools (Bennington)

– Number of schools: 6 (3,288 students)

– Graduation rate: 92% (74% proficient in reading and 73% proficient in math)

– Average teacher salary: $51,068 (student-teacher ratio of 17:1)

#7. Gretna Public Schools (Gretna)

– Number of schools: 8 (5,838 students)

– Graduation rate: 98% (68% proficient in reading and 74% proficient in math)

– Average teacher salary: $50,845 (student-teacher ratio of 16:1)

#6. Chadron Public Schools (Chadron)

– Number of schools: 4 (976 students)

– Graduation rate: 92% (59% proficient in reading and 62% proficient in math)

– Average teacher salary: $52,652 (student-teacher ratio of 13:1)

#5. Diller-Odell Public Schools (Odell)

– Number of schools: 2 (237 students)

– Graduation rate: 90% (72% proficient in reading and 72% proficient in math)

– Average teacher salary: $55,154 (student-teacher ratio of 9:1)

#4. Westside Community Schools (Omaha)

– Number of schools: 14 (6,094 students)

– Graduation rate: 89% (60% proficient in reading and 59% proficient in math)

– Average teacher salary: $57,643 (student-teacher ratio of 14:1)

#3. Pender Public Schools (Pender)

– Number of schools: 2 (393 students)

– Graduation rate: 90% (77% proficient in reading and 87% proficient in math)

– Average teacher salary: $54,312 (student-teacher ratio of 11:1)

#two. Millard Public Schools (Omaha)

– Number of schools: 36 (24,038 students)

– Graduation rate: 93% (66% proficient in reading and 65% proficient in math)

– Average teacher salary: $55,568 (student-teacher ratio of 16:1)

#one. Elkhorn Public Schools (Elkhorn)

– Number of schools: 17 (10,322 students)

– Graduation rate: 97% (82% proficient in reading and 84% proficient in math)

– Average teacher salary: $52,076 (student-teacher ratio of 16:1)

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