It’s a story you’ll see first today at http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com as there are a bunch of smarty pants at the West Bend High Schools.
WB West finished No. 14 and WB East finished No. 21 in The Washington Post Most Challenging High Schools.
“We’re very proud of the staff and students for demonstrating to the rest of the state and the nation that we have one of the best high schools around,” Superintendent Ted Neitzke said.
The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year.
Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies (Subs. lunch) and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E). A (P) next to the school’s name denotes a private school.
We take the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. I call this formula the Challenge Index. With a few exceptions, public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.00, meaning they had as many tests in 2015 as they had graduates, were put on the national list. We rank the schools in order of that ratio, with the highest (27.32) this year achieved by BASIS Oro Valley, in Oro Valley, Ariz., which takes the top spot for the second straight year.I think 1.00 is a modest standard. A school can reach that level if only half of its students take one AP, IB or Cambridge test in their junior year and one in their senior year. But this year, just more than 10 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools managed to reach that standard and earn placement on our list. On our list, the top 220 schools are in the top 1 percent nationally, the top 440 in the top 2 percent, and so on.
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