The 2011 High School Challenge Index is out listing the top 1900 high schools in the nation and once again Tahoma High School makes the list at 1489. This list was developed by Jay Mathews, education columnist for the Washington Post who shares some insights about the list and other rankings in this class struggle post. It is his way to measure how schools prepare the average student for the rigor of college.
The formula is simple: Divide the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2010 by the number of graduating seniors. While not a measure of the overall quality of the school, the rating can reveal the level of a high school’s commitment to preparing average students for college.
A more detailed explanation of the rankings can be found in this Post article. It is one measure and one that not all agree with. I see it as another affirmation of our work from an independent source.