For the next year, parents are going to be asking me why they should take a chance on schools that have less than 50% of kids performing at grade level.
Consider this: tests that were given before schools had even seen the curriculum (that the tests were based on) and were so poorly designed that many children couldn't possibly finish them are not worth considering.
You can't rely on the scores to determine a quality school. You are going to have to trust your eyes and your gut.
Read these for more reasons to ignore these stats.