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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  —

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