Did KIPP game the U.S. News And World Report rankings?

Also interesting about this list is The Talented and Gifted Magnet High School in Dallas. It has been ranked near the top of this list frequently each year. They are the best and brightest in Dallas and surrounding communities. They have a requirement that all students will take AP exams, which is a major component of the ranking system.

Gary Rubinstein's Blog

Each year, U.S. News And World Report generates a report of the ‘best’ high schools in the country.  This year, the charter world has been celebrating because out of the top 100 schools, by the U.S. News rating system, 34 of them are charter schools.

There are a lot of ways to measure the quality of a high school.  The way that U.S. News does it is as follows:  75% of the score is the percent of 12th graders who get at least a 3 on at least one AP test.  25% of the score is the percent of 12th graders who took at least one AP test.  They call this weighted average the ‘College Ready Index.’  By including the participation rate, a school can’t inflate their scores by only allowing students to take the AP who are most likely to pass.

The school at which I teach, Stuyvesant High…

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