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Failing Geography – Why Schools Are Critical When Shopping for a New Home

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Two out of three students in the United States are not proficient in geography, according to a recent article in the New York Times.  In fact, testing done by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that only 27% of eighth graders have an adequate grasp of eighth grade level geography.  And age-appropriate proficiency dropped to 20% by high school.

These shocking statistics underline what parents around the country already know.  Access to a high quality education is not a given.  Ensuring children get one requires shrewd decision making on behalf of parents.  This is never truer than when families find themselves re-locating to a new home, whether in the next town over or across the country.

Until recently, evaluating school options when searching for real estate was a frustrating and time-intensive task.  Which is why it is encouraging to see companies like Estately (see last week’s blog post) leveraging Maponics School Boundaries to develop school comparison tools.  Tools like these let home buyers quickly weigh school options (including GreatSchools ranking) relative to property locations. This empowers parents to make the wisest choices for their children’s future.