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Great Schools Receives Official Honoree Distinction in the 12th Annual Webby Awards Competition

San Francisco, CA (April 17, 2008) - GreatSchools received the distinction of Official Honoree in the 12th annual Webby Awards competition, in recognition of its remarkable work in the Guides/Ratings/Reviews category. Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

For the second year in a row, the Webby Awards recognized GreatSchools for outstanding achievement. In 2007, GreatSchools received the People’s Voice Award as the Best Family and Parenting Site.

"The Webby Awards honors the outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “GreatSchools’ Official Honoree selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."

“Our approach to ratings and reviews is an innovative combination of hard data and parent opinion,” said GreatSchools President Bill Jackson. “Think of it as ‘Consumer Reports meets Zagat for schools.’ Parents want both perspectives and that’s what GreatSchools gives them.”

GreatSchools has close to 350,000 Parent Ratings and Reviews of K-12 public, public charter and private schools across the country. GreatSchools also has a unique 1-10 rating system for all public schools that makes it easy for parents to get a quick snapshot of a school’s test score performance. The GreatSchools Ratings are based on a comparison of the most recent test scores for schools within each state.

Parents find the ratings and reviews useful when choosing a school or keeping tabs on the school their child attends. One parent moving to a new school wrote:

"I was very glad to find this site, being new to our current location. It is very important to me to know what the standardized scores are and I appreciate the succinct format of the site. The parent comments about the schools are very helpful and give me more insight into the area. However, this is just a starting point and I will be visiting the schools so I can assess other factors that are important about the culture of the school. Nothing can replace parent assessment and involvement. I am so glad I found your site. Thanks!"

A parent involved at her child’s school commented: "Love all the information you give me. It helps me to inform all the other parents in our school.”

Even grandparents find the information useful to keep informed about their grandchildren. One grandparent wrote: “I love all the information I get about Gonzalez Elementary! My grandson is a student there, and we live in Austin, so I want to know as much as possible about his school. Thank you."

The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states. Out of more than 10,000 entries submitted, fewer than 15% received this honor and were deemed Official Honorees.

About GreatSchools (
GreatSchools Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization working to improve K-12 education by inspiring parents to get involved. Its online media property,, is the nation's premier provider of K-12 school information, reaching 33 million users last year, an estimated 33% of the nation's K-12 households. GreatSchools provides detailed information about schools, expert advice on a wide range of educational topics and a vibrant parent community formed around schools and educational issues. Its free Web site,, and free email newsletters are available thanks to the support of foundations and corporations that understand the importance of parent involvement in a child's education.

About The Webby Awards:
Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, the Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Web sites. The awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization that includes David Bowie, Harvey Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, AKQA Global Creative Director Rei Inamoto, Matt Groening, Jamie Oliver, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, and RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser.

Alison Lingane
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