Thursday, April 21, 2016

Minnesota High Schools: U. S. News & World Report Rankings

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Edward Hessler

Josh Verges who writes for the St. Paul Pioneer Press gives us the rankings of Minnesota High Schools as well as some information about the survey according to the the annual U.S. News & World Report survey.

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Nova Classical Academy is ranked # 1 in Minnesota and # 16 in the U.S. Mr. Verges lists other Minnesota schools of interest. The U.S. News & World Report section on Minnesota high schools may be read here and includes all Minnesota schools ranked. The rankings are based on 2013-2014 data.

Valerie Strauss who writes the widely read and admired Answer Sheet blog for the Washington Post has an article by Paul Welner which examines these rankings with a critical eye. Mr. Welner finds "a troubling pattern whereby the rankings, which are supposed to recognize quality schooling, actually reward elite enrollment instead." The article includes a short response from U. S. News & World Report.

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