Online Resources for Finding Top High Schools in Mississauga
The first step in a school based home search is know where to go to find the school performance data. Data on school performance is publicly available, and below we will talk about the 2 most important sources for finding school scores.
- The Fraser Institute’s School Ranking Web Site
It’s generally accepted that the Fraser Report does a fair job at ranking schools. A typical school report includes EQAO scores that test literacy and mathematics, student attitudes about school, gender gaps and other factors. The Fraser Report also looks at socio-economic factors such as average family income, which can directly and indirectly impact student performance. Like any opinion report, the Fraser Report is not perfect, but it’s advantage is that it gives the reader systematic score with an easy to understand scoring system.
The two main disadvantages to the Fraser Report are that first, it’s quite common that the top 15-20 schools can change as much as 8-10 positions in ranking from one report to the next. Fraser has a column that calculates the 5 year average score, to try to account for an unusual school score (either too high or too low) and this is a good metric to pay attention to.
Second, Fraser uses EQAO scores quite heavily in their calculations for grade schools, and if a school doesn’t have the information for both tests, it won’t be graded on Fraser. For example, in Mississauga most primary public schools only go from grade JK – 5, so they are not included in the report. If you are looking at Catholic schools this isn’t a problem, but for public schools this is a big problem that Fraser hasn’t found a solution to at this time.
Our Advice: It’s best to focus on a school that has a 5-year rating of at least 7.5, and then you’ll know it’s a school with a solid history of performance. Watch our video below on how to use the Fraser School Website.