2005 America's Best (Public) High Schools

Click on the image to get the whole article.Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests taken by all students at a school in 2004 divided by the number of graduating seniors.
 

As a college degree becomes ever more essential in the workplace, much of high-school reform centers on getting as many students as possible ready for higher education. That's what the NEWSWEEK List tries to measure by ranking schools based on participation in AP and IB tests written and graded by outside experts. In these courses, students prepare for the demands of college and can earn college credit if their scores are high enough. 

NEWSWEEK omitted schools with strict academic admission standards that exclude average students. Although there's much debate about the value of standardized tests and AP in particular, NEWSWEEK's List is based on the conviction that no other standard works as well to measure a high school's success at challenging all students to perform at a high level. 

AP is the better known of the two programs and is used all over the country. IB is less common. It's a series of college-level courses and tests, similar to AP, originally designed in Geneva for the children of diplomats and international business executives preparing for baccalaureate exams but now used in a range of U.S. schools to energize students.  - Jay Mathews, NEWSWEEK - May 16, 2005

Webmaster's Note - The table below has been expanded to also show Mean SAT scores and TEA accountability ratings for each school on Newsweek's list.  Since Newsweek's rating only considers how many test are given, but not how many are passed, a school may gain entry to the Newsweek list by simply giving AP tests to a large number of its students.  Likewise, mean SAT scores should be compared to the percentage of the graduating class that takes the SAT exam.  TEA Accountability Ratings are primarily based on passage rates of the state standardized TAKS test, but can penalize a school for a variety of other factors, including drop out rates.  A variety of scores and ratings should be considered when evaluating the overall academic performance of any individual campus.


 
2005
National
Ranking
 School Name City/
Location
School District  Ratio 
2003
 Avg. SAT 
2004 
TEA Rating
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MLS
 Area 
112th Bellaire High School * Bellaire Houston ISD
2.659
1175
Acceptable 17
133rd Memorial High School Hedwig Village Spring Branch ISD
2.570
1172
Recognized
23
172nd Debakey H.S. for Health Professions   Houston Houston ISD
2.407
1179
Exemplary
3
229th Stratford High School Houston Spring Branch ISD
2.171
1126
Recognized
23
313th Clements High School Sugar Land Fort Bend ISD
1.919
1156
Recognized
29
463rd Westside High School Houston Houston ISD
1.624
1019
Acceptable
31
465th Cinco Ranch High School Katy Katy ISD
1.620
1124
Recognized
36
487th Taylor High School Katy Katy ISD
1.585
1134
Recognized
36
567th The Woodlands High School The Woodlands    Conroe ISD
1.485
1097
Recognized
15
626th Stephen F. Austin High School Sugar Land Fort Bend ISD
1.412
1083
Recognized
29
675th Lamar High School * Houston Houston ISD
1.359
1078
Acceptable
16
702nd Elkins High School Missouri City Fort Bend ISD
1.328
1018
Recognized
38
729th Clear Lake High School Houston Clear Creek ISD
1.305
1144
Acceptable
7
898th Aldine High School Houston Aldine ISD
1.142
879
Acceptable
12
974th Langham Creek High School Houston Cypress-Fairbanks ISD  
1.073
1059
Acceptable
25

* International Baccalaureate program/testing.  In addition to AP classes and testing,
these schools also offer IB programs and administer IB tests.


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