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Old 05-19-2012, 11:11 AM
 
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:08 PM
 
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Whitman is widely regarded as the most competitive public high school in MoCo. They sent five or six students to Harvard in 2010. Did I see them ranked 17th? A priori, makes me question the validity of the methods used to rate the schools.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Whitman......makes me question the validity of the methods used to rate the schools.
I looked at the index, and could not figure out their method for ranking. There is one scholar who advocates using the percentage of students who are in AP classes regardless of whether the students are qualified to be there. The Post has given him credibilitiy, so I wondered if this index was related.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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If your kid is in AP classes they're all just fine unless its the third world section of MoCo like JFK or Wheaton HS. God help them if they're in a PG HS other than Bowie.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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in a PG HS other than Bowie.
Really?
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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I was just going to post. Bowie High School? Far as I know Roosevelt ranks higher in PG than Bowie H.S. Or it did when I was looking.
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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I looked at the index, and could not figure out their method for ranking. There is one scholar who advocates using the percentage of students who are in AP classes regardless of whether the students are qualified to be there. The Post has given him credibilitiy, so I wondered if this index was related.
I think that is what they are doing. E/E is the percentage of the test thing.
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I think that is what they are doing. E/E is the percentage of the test thing.
Agreed. I finally read the Jay Matthews article here: Small, intense schools rule new High School Challenge rankings - The Washington Post

I honestly don't agree that is the best way to measure how good a school is. Any parent also has to use their knowledge of what their child needs in preference to this kind of measure. I might use his metrics along with several other atrributes to pick a school.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Agreed. I finally read the Jay Matthews article here: Small, intense schools rule new High School Challenge rankings - The Washington Post

I honestly don't agree that is the best way to measure how good a school is. Any parent also has to use their knowledge of what their child needs in preference to this kind of measure. I might use his metrics along with several other atrributes to pick a school.
When I was looking I didn't use these rankings too heavily. I looked at the demographic info on how populations did, overall percent of kids taking AP classes, percent of kids going to college, etc to look at schools. Coming from CA I already knew that things skew test results (like non native english speakers testing and such).

I supplement my daughter's h.s. anyway. We are currently going through a great series of science books (The Story of Science by Joy Hakim), started our read through some great living history texts (Augustus Cesear's World by Foster being a fave of mine), and we are working on latin/greek roots as well as some SAT prep vocabulary. I just picked up a couple of neat The Great Courses too (Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, Art of Reading, and Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about anything). I've never had the opinion that my role was to stand by and watch. I homeschooled my daughter until 3rd grade as well - that was the year she got perfect scores on all the achievement tests.

We're happy with Roosevelt in general...but there are some areas of non challenge for her we are supplementing. I hate (abhor completely) any form of "text" book done by a major publisher and find them all terribly written, boring, and with their own agenda's anyway so I've always worked with my daughter with other sources. She's a very smart kid with an amazing vocabulary.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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Agreed. I finally read the Jay Matthews article here: Small, intense schools rule new High School Challenge rankings - The Washington Post

I honestly don't agree that is the best way to measure how good a school is. Any parent also has to use their knowledge of what their child needs in preference to this kind of measure. I might use his metrics along with several other atrributes to pick a school.
Yeah, I would agree with this. There is more to look into when looking up how good a school is than just this rating.
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