Dallas Schools Top Newsweek High School Rankings
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Two Dallas public high schools topped Newsweek's 2011 public high school rankings, released Sunday.
The School of Science and Engineering Magnet and School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet took the top two spots. All seniors at both schools graduated on time. The two schools are ranked in the top 10 of U.S. News's Best High Schools rankings.
This year, Newsweek changed its methodology for the rankings. Since 1998, the publication had ranked schools on a single metric: AP tests taken per graduate. Newsweek asked education experts, including Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America; Tom Vander Ark, former executive director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond, to develop the new methodology.
Newsweek ranked schools based on six factors: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP tests taken per graduate (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per graduate (5 percent).