Carol Burris: The Hoax of the National High School Rankings

Diane Ravitch's blog

Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, has written a brilliant critique of the rankings of America’s high schools. She looks specifically at Jay Mathews’ list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” but her critique applies equally to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of “America’s Best High Schools.”

As she points out, charter advocates jumped for joy when they learned that the lists were dominated by charter schools, and they urged the nation to learn from the success of these schools.

Burris points out that the highest ranking school on Jay Mathews list is BASIS Phoenix (the U.S. News & World Report had BASIS charters as numbers 1, 2, and 3 on its lists, albeit not the one in Phoenix). And consider what the lessons might be:

The BASIS Phoenix graduating class of 2016 had 24 students — fewer than the average New York City kindergarten…

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