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I went to the 108th best high school in the country! [May. 3rd, 2006|10:31 am]
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At least, according to Newsweek (here's the full list). Ed Felten points out that their methodology is a little suspect...

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Made some more progress on my Palm datebook to Google Calendar importer - now I can delete entries, as well as add entries that don't repeat. Repeating entries are annoying (that was the block of code I posted, although I later learned that everything after the first three lines will always be the same, since it describes the timezone and daylight savings time), and I don't get any useful error message, so I guess I'll just tweak it some more until it works...
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[User Picture]From: sanjeev87
2006-05-03 04:37 pm (UTC)
Haha, I went to #105! In your face!
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2006-05-03 04:39 pm (UTC)
No!!!

Ooh, but we have a double star by our name, so there!
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[User Picture]From: sanjeev87
2006-05-03 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yep, we didn't have IB. And we still beat you! :)
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[User Picture]From: cifarelli
2006-05-03 05:02 pm (UTC)
Read the explanation. That helps me stomach Reagan HS in Austin being #232 on that list. I was a bit dumbfounded before that -- they were abysmal back when I was in high school (I guess 10-15 years is enough time to show improvement...but I haven't seen or heard of it being crowed about lately, either).

My high school didn't make the list, which doesn't surprise me in the least. Of course, it's also not the same school now that it was when I went there (they've taken the LAA, which I was part of, out and moved it to LBJ, which did make the list, and quite highly, too).
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[User Picture]From: wildrice13
2006-05-03 05:27 pm (UTC)
My high school was around 500. Now, granted, the quality of my high school has been declining since I went there. But at the same time, I'd like to point out that their methodology screws us too and the guy's counterargument doesn't even mention it. All AP tests taken. Not all AP tests taken by seniors! My high school had some students taking AP tests starting freshman year. One guy in my AP Calculus BC class senior year was a freshman! I'm quite certain he got a 5! I myself took one AP test as a sophomore, two as a junior, and 3 as a senior. Also, at my school students are neither kept from taking the test (if their scores are low) nor forced to take the test. Which means counting our scores would be very accurate. My high school had a 45% E and E rating, which is higher than any of the schools near it in the list.

I was appalled by the number of NJ schools that I know for a fact are not as good as my home high school in general that topped my school on the list. Blech! I read the FAQ on the article and some of what he said made sense. Other parts were bullshit. I recommend to anybody reading this article to also read the FAQ and see if you agree with this guy. If you do, great. If not, you know to take it with multiple grains of salt!

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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2006-05-03 06:04 pm (UTC)
True indeed. I love numbers, and even I think trying to quantify how good a high school is like this is a bit much...
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[User Picture]From: quijax
2006-05-05 08:59 pm (UTC)
I went to school in Jersey, but it's only ranked 472. I expected better.
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[User Picture]From: onefishclappin
2006-05-03 05:57 pm (UTC)
ha - I went to the cruddiest school of all of you! Number 798 baby!
I'm rather surprised, since it wasn't horrible, though I knew it wasn't the best either...
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[User Picture]From: cifarelli
2006-05-03 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hey, mine wasn't on the list, so I think I get the honors!
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[User Picture]From: onefishclappin
2006-05-03 06:41 pm (UTC)
Maybe so... Actually, looking at the data from just 2 years ago, mine has gotten worse (from 400'something to almost 800), so I think my instinct which was "it wasn't that bad" might have been a lot more true when I was there than now. And yours doesn't count since they split it up. So there :-P

(But I do have an excuse now when I make typos, grammatical mistakes, misspellings - I went to a bad high school. Blame Canada!)
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[User Picture]From: fairydust1
2006-05-03 06:54 pm (UTC)
mine wasn't either, but I wouldn't expect it to be. It was the oldest HS in the state of Indiana, and it showed that at EVERY seam. As sophomores, we were advised that 25% of our class would not make it to graduation, and they were right. My class size droppped from the 700s to the 500s in three years. How sad! So, are we supposed to be honored by NOT making the list and still succeeding? (grin)
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[User Picture]From: fairydust1
2006-05-03 06:55 pm (UTC)
even my hubby's math & science magnet school in MI didn't make the list. Seems the data is a bit skewed towards odd parameters.
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[User Picture]From: cifarelli
2006-05-03 07:29 pm (UTC)
o, are we supposed to be honored by NOT making the list and still succeeding? (grin)

I like that idea! :)
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[User Picture]From: cifarelli
2006-05-03 06:20 pm (UTC)
*shrug* I stopped scanning once I got to the 500s. I thought my school was pretty good but no idea what's happened much in the decade since.
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[User Picture]From: bobacita
2006-05-03 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yeesh, my high school didn't even make it into the top 1200..
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