August 20, 2014 at 7:43 PM
WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School didn’t make New Jersey Monthly’s new list of the top 20 high schools in the state, but it was close. WHS ranked no. 21, up significantly from no. 49 two years ago, the last time that the magazine published a ranking of the top schools.
The story appears in the Education 2014 issue, which has been mailed to subscribers and hits newsstands Aug. 26. The full list of 339 ranked high schools will be available starting Sept. 1 at NJMonthly.com.
According to New Jersey Monthly, the rankings are compiled by Leflein Associates, an independent research company in Ringwood, and are based on data for the 2012-2013 school year reported by the schools to the New Jersey Department of Education. Among the factors taken into consideration are student/teacher ratio; student results on the SAT, HSPA and AP or IB tests; and graduation rates.
This year’s rankings include two new factors. The SAT performance score for each school is based on the percentage of students scoring 1,550 or better on the annual tests. Also, the Student Outcomes score includes a calculation of the percentage of students enrolled in a two- or four-year college at least 16 months after high school graduation.
“We specifically added these new data points to our scoring system to help identify the high schools that are doing the best job in preparing their students for success at the college level,” said New Jersey Monthly editor Ken Schlager.
Recently, WHS was ranked no. 1 in open enrollment high schools in Union County for academics and the arts by Inside Jersey magazine, which is published by The Star Ledger.