Hello again! And update on school ratings

It's been AGES, y'all!  Sorry about that.  I've got a million excuses but they are mainly trying to work full-time and be an attentive mother to my kids (now ages 7 and 4!).  Oh and be a non-stressed wife. This wonderful fun project of mine, dear Move to Austin, has unfortunately had to take a back seat.

We did not move abroad either.  I could not handle the stress of it.  Plus I love Austin.  For those who were wondering.

I have gotten quite a few comments asking if the school info is up-to-date, and here's where I'd like to address that.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, Texas overhauled their ratings system.  They didn't even put out ratings for the 2011-2012 school year while they were doing this.  They just put out ratings for the 2012-2013 school year and from what I've seen, it's a different system wherein a school gets a number score, like Austin High School scored a 85%.

So in the meantime I've got to figure out how to update my maps to show this new style -- if I can get the data first.  I've downloaded a HUGE file that crashes every time I use it.  It's coming, just taking a bit of time.

I think that the 2010-2011 ratings are still a good reference in the meantime.   Like always, they should be a tool to use in addition to other resources.  Like what, you say?  Personally I am a fan of coming on a scouting trip, going to a neighborhood you are thinking of moving to, camping out in a Starbucks or a park and stalking parents.  When you see one, ask their opinion.

I honestly picked my neighborhood and school based on liking the Brentwood park (and the parents I saw there) over other parts of the city.