Archive for May 13th, 2005

13th May

First Published in The New York Sun, May 13, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

New York’s high school problem was put into focus this past Monday in Newsweek, which features their annual listing of the nation’s 100 best high schools. None was from New York City. In fact, one needed to visit the Newsweek Web site and check the list all the way down to number 471 — Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside — to encounter a New York City public school.

Newsweek calculates the best schools by a formula that enrages the anti-testing crowd but appears to predict academic success.They take the number of Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school and divide by the number of graduating seniors. Schools with special admissions standards, such as Stuyvesant and the Bronx High School of Science, are not eligible for this list. (more…)