Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Top 5% of Public High Schools

Even though numbers are not the end all of what makes a good school, the Washington Post has a list of the top 5% of public high schools based on the number of Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in 2005 divided by the number of graduating seniors.

The majority of the top schools in Georgia are in the Atlanta area. A member of Jackson County's board of education recently initiated a motion to implement the International Baccalaureate tests at Jackson County Comprehensive High School; my former high school.

In related news, forty percent of Americans aged 18-24 cannot identify Iraq on an unlabeled map even though the US has been fighting a war in the country for the past 3 years. More than one-third failed to find the Louisana and Mississippi on maps even with the daily coverage in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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