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Project: Exploring NYC Public School Test Result Scores

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Every year, American high school students take SATs, which are standardized tests intended to measure literacy, numeracy, and writing skills. There are three sections - reading, math, and writing, each with a maximum score of 800 points. These tests are extremely important for students and colleges, as they play a pivotal role in the admissions process.

Analyzing the performance of schools is important for a variety of stakeholders, including policy and education professionals, researchers, government, and even parents considering which school their children should attend.

You have been provided with a dataset called schools.csv, which is previewed below.

You have been tasked with answering three key questions about New York City (NYC) public school SAT performance.

# Re-run this cell 
import pandas as pd

# Read in the data
schools = pd.read_csv("schools.csv")

# Preview the data
schools.head()

# Start coding here...
# Add as many cells as you like...
best_math_schools = schools.loc[schools['average_math'] >= 640, ['school_name', 'average_math']].sort_values(by='average_math', ascending=False)
print(best_math_schools)
schools['total_SAT'] = schools['average_math'] + schools['average_reading'] + schools['average_writing']
top_10_schools = schools.sort_values(by='total_SAT', ascending=False)
top_10_schools = top_10_schools[['school_name', 'total_SAT']].head(10)
print(top_10_schools)
largest_std_dev = schools.groupby('borough').agg({'school_name': 'count', 'total_SAT': ['mean', 'std']})
max_std_dev = largest_std_dev['total_SAT']['std'].max()
largest_std_dev = largest_std_dev[largest_std_dev['total_SAT']['std'] == max_std_dev]
largest_std_dev.columns = largest_std_dev.columns.droplevel()
largest_std_dev = largest_std_dev.rename(columns={'count': 'num_schools',
                                                 'mean': 'average_SAT',
                                                 'std': 'std_SAT'})
largest_std_dev = largest_std_dev.round({'average_SAT': 2,
                                        'std_SAT': 2})
print(largest_std_dev)
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