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Old 05-21-2008, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by knopfler View Post
Fresh off the presses courtesy of the Post: Challenge Index 2008 | washingtonpost.com (http://projects.washingtonpost.com/challengeindex/2008/ - broken link)

Note that they exclude charter and magnet schools, so Thomas Jefferson's not on the list.

16. H-B Woodlawn, Arlington
48. Clarke County, Berryville
55. Langley, McLean
58. George Mason, Falls Church
64. Washington-Lee, Arlington
73. W.T. Woodson, Fairfax
74. Yorktown, Arlington
93. Lake Braddock, Burke
97. McLean, McLean

The top listings are pretty realistic with what I thought...later on down the list things get a little screwy, as I can't fathom sending my kids to Hylton HS over Brentsville, yet Hylton is ranked far higher. Strange. Apparently Battlefield HS in PWC wasn't worth ranking (maybe it's too new?)
When I was in high school Brentsville was known as "cow pie high"....
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:47 PM
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Default Challenge Index is a flaw

If you spend a little time reading the ranking methodology and the FAQ, you can see that the ranking methods are full of flaws. Please spend time visiting the schools, talking to principals, teachers, and visiting classes. Don't trust any ranking.
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:06 PM
Location: Squirrel Hill
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AP placement tests are scored by a national organization like the SATs, not the individual schools.

Like most rank lists, you have to buy into the methodology to accept the results.
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:55 PM
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Another source for Fairfax schools.

AP offices correct the AP exams. They are not the school or the state.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by VRE332 View Post
Who corrects the AP Exams? The school or a State educational facility?
Try a National company called The Collegeboard! They are national exams.

These ratings are all bogus, as they are pretty much only based on the number of AP test given compared to number of students, etc. It is a poor way to rank schools and really should have no bearing on where someone does or does not send their kids!
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