mickjagger
Eastbrook Academy is ranked the most challenging high school in the state of WI and 175th in the entire country (25,000 high schools) by the Washington Post. Criteria included average ACT scores, Advanced Placement scores and 4-year graduation rates.

Marshfield Senior High School was ranked #2 in WI and 346th nationally, while Milwaukee Rufus King High School was ranked 3rd in the state and 504th in the nation.

A total of 37 Wisconsin schools made the Post's list.

Full Story & Complete Rankings:
http://wuwm.com/post/post-ranking-top-3-most-challenging-high-schools-wisconsin#stream/0
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safetysqueezepleezzee11
mickjagger wrote:
Eastbrook Academy is ranked the most challenging high school in the state of WI and 175th in the entire country (25,000 high schools) by the Washington Post. Criteria included average ACT scores, Advanced Placement scores and 4-year graduation rates.

Marshfield Senior High School was ranked #2 in WI and 346th nationally, while Milwaukee Rufus King High School was ranked 3rd in the state and 504th in the nation.

A total of 37 Wisconsin schools made the Post's list.

Full Story & Complete Rankings:
http://wuwm.com/post/post-ranking-top-3-most-challenging-high-schools-wisconsin#stream/0

Looks to be extremely subjective. It only uses the ratio of tests taken to graduates. I see no place that the ACT scores are factored in. They don't even use the scores on the tests. It doesn't appear to matter if they got a decent score on the tests. They just use the number of tests taken divided by the number of graduates. It isn't that hard to graduate 100% when you are a private school with only 60 students. I put little faith in rankings whether it is for high school or for colleges. I guess it will give a 'ballpark' idea to parents, but I wouldn't take it too seriously.

A small school in Wisconsin with 50 kids per class would be penalized tremendously if 4-5 kids dropped out per class.
It wouldn't change how good the academics of the school were - public schools simply have to take ALL the students
in their school district, whether they are good, bad or indifferent.

Rankings are pretty much worthless IMHO when it comes to academics. It pretty much boils down to what an individual student(and their parents) do and expect. A good student will do just fine in a poorly ranked school.
A poor student will still do poorly in a top 'ranked' school.
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safetysqueezepleezzee11
safetysqueezepleezzee11 wrote:
mickjagger wrote:
Eastbrook Academy is ranked the most challenging high school in the state of WI and 175th in the entire country (25,000 high schools) by the Washington Post. Criteria included average ACT scores, Advanced Placement scores and 4-year graduation rates.

Marshfield Senior High School was ranked #2 in WI and 346th nationally, while Milwaukee Rufus King High School was ranked 3rd in the state and 504th in the nation.

A total of 37 Wisconsin schools made the Post's list.

Full Story & Complete Rankings:
http://wuwm.com/post/post-ranking-top-3-most-challenging-high-schools-wisconsin#stream/0


Looks to be extremely subjective. It only uses the ratio of tests taken to graduates. I see no place that the ACT scores are factored in. They don't even use the scores on the tests. It doesn't appear to matter if they got a decent score on the tests. They just use the number of tests taken divided by the number of graduates. It isn't that hard to graduate 100% when you are a private school with only 60 students. I put little faith in rankings whether it is for high school or for colleges. I guess it will give a 'ballpark' idea to parents, but I wouldn't take it too seriously.

All it probably does is give the WDPI and the Fed education dept more reasons to give more stupid tests. To me the only tests that make any sense are IQ tests which used to be given freshman and junior years in high school. Good teachers are well equipped to tell parents(and others) who are the good students and who are the poor ones. Fancy tests given on and on add very little. And this from a guy who isn't really a fan of 'most' elementary and high school teachers. Unfortunately the good teachers are few and rare. Was the same way when I matriculated. Of course all teachers consider themselves to be 'above average'.

A small school in Wisconsin with 50 kids per class would be penalized tremendously if 4-5 kids dropped out per class.
It wouldn't change how good the academics of the school were - public schools simply have to take ALL the students
in their school district, whether they are good, bad or indifferent.

Rankings are pretty much worthless IMHO when it comes to academics. It pretty much boils down to what an individual student(and their parents) do and expect. A good student will do just fine in a poorly ranked school.
A poor student will still do poorly in a top 'ranked' school.

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