Business First names F-M top school district in Syracuse area

A Buffalo-based business magazine has ranked the Fayetteville-Manlius School District No. 1 in academic performance out of 53 public school districts in the Syracuse area.

Jamesville-DeWitt earned sixth place on the list compiled by Business First, which includes school districts in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties

The magazine also combined rankings from eight regions into master rankings for all of Upstate New York, which includes 430 public school districts spanning 48 counties. For the second year in a row, F-M placed second on that list and the Pittsford School District, of suburban Rochester, placed first.

The analysis also ranked Upstate districts in subject areas. F-M held onto its No. 1 ranking in the mathematics subject category from last year, ranked second in the English/foreign languages and science categories and landed third in social studies.

“We are proud of our staff and students for their tremendous effort, and our community is to be congratulated for their excellent support of the district,” F-M Superintendent Corliss Kaiser said in a press release. “Equally, we are glad to be a part of a region where education is valued and to be among so many distinguished school districts.”

Business First used a 192-part formula to generate the Syracuse area rankings, based on four years of standardized test scores from the New York State Education Department. The tests ranged from statewide exams for third graders in English and math up to the full array of Regents exams for high school students.

Business First has issued annual performance ratings for schools in Western New York since 1992. It added yearly rankings for the Rochester Area in 2010 and launched the Upstate ratings in 2011.

The top 10 districts in the Syracuse area, according to the Business First rankings, are:

  1. Fayetteville-Manlius (Onondaga County)

  2. Skaneateles (Onondaga County)

  3. Cazenovia (Madison County)

  4. Westhill (Onondaga County)

  5. Jamesville-DeWitt (Onondaga County)

  6. Marcellus (Onondaga County)

  7. Lansing (Tompkins County)

  8. Fabius-Pompey (Onondaga County)

  9. Baldwinsville (Onondaga County)

  10. West Genesee (Onondaga County

  11. Fayetteville-Manlius (Onondaga County)

  12. Skaneateles (Onondaga County)

  13. Cazenovia (Madison County)

  14. Westhill (Onondaga County)

  15. Jamesville-DeWitt (Onondaga County)

  16. Marcellus (Onondaga County)

  17. Lansing (Tompkins County)

  18. Fabius-Pompey (Onondaga County)

  19. Baldwinsville (Onondaga County)

  20. West Genesee (Onondaga County

For a complete list of rankings, click here.

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