Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Commentary: “How Does Your Child’s High School Rank?”

Teacher/ columnist and education activist Donna Garner

~~~~~by Donna Garner~~~~~~5.9.12:

For the first time in these U. S. News & World Report Best High Schools in America rankings, the percentage of students who passed Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams has been used. In the past, no such data on passage rates was available for these rankings.

Also, instead of ranking 1,800 high schools as was done in 2009, “…the 2012 rankings include data on nearly 22,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia.”

High schools were first analyzed at the state level based on their state-mandated math and reading assessments “taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students (low-income, Hispanic, and black), who tend to score lower on tests.”



*For those of us in Texas, these rankings are based upon our “old” curriculum standards and TAKS tests and not on our new-and-much-improved curriculum standards (TEKS) and new STAAR/End-of-Course tests.


Here is the link to the full Best High Schools national rankings.

Here is the link to the methodology used to determine the Best High Schools rankings.

Donna Garner



“Best High Schools In America 2012: U.S. News And World Report Releases New Rankings” — By Laura McMullen Posted: 05/08/2012 12:03 am Updated: 05/08/2012 12:03 am  —

Best of KGAB 650AM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The Patriot Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The Patriot Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.