How does your high school rank? Check the new Newsweek list
The 2010 Newsweek Best High Schools list, based on my Challenge Index system of rating schools, can be found at Newsweek.com. Here is the link.
The list ranks schools based on participation in college-level tests, such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge exams. Many people prefer rating schools by average test scores, but I consider that a measure of the student family incomes, not the quality of the schools, because test averages correlate so strongly with parental affluence. Many educators also object to my ranking schools by just one criterion, but I get many messages from principals, teachers and parents who like this way of assessing schools.
The list gets about 7 million page views a year. If you want to know more about the thinking behind it, and join the debate, you will get more background than you may be able to stand in my FAQs.
Any public high school that gave at least as many AP, IB or Cambridge tests in 2009 as it had seniors graduating that year qualifies for the 2010 Newsweek list. If your high school meets that criteria and you do not find it listed, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we do every year when we release the new list, we will be updating it in a month to add any schools we missed. Only about six percent of U.S. schools qualify (there are about 1,625 on the new list), but that is a big improvement from the Challenge Index's first year, 1998, when only 243 schools, fewer than one percent of the total, made it.
The creative Newsweek.com team has added many special features this year, including profiles of many of the listed schools, a photo gallery of the top 20 schools, my latest piece on AP taking over American schools, our public elites list, and a list of what the editors consider the 13 best high school movies. Their choices are obviously incomplete because they don't include "Stand and Deliver" or "Election."
Any comments? Let fire below. If you want to ask me question, just write me at email@example.com.
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| June 16, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories: Jay on the Web | Tags: 13 best high school movies, Jay's latest AP piece, latest Newsweek high school rankings, the Challenge Index, why some don't like the list but Jay does
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