BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School did not receive a ranking according to new rankings published by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine determines rankings based on school's performance on state-required tests and how well the high schools prepare students for college.

"U.S. News uses a methodology very different from some of the other publications and has not recognized the achievements of our high school in the past few years," said Judy Rattner, Superintendent of Berkeley Heights Schools.

Westfield High School and New Providence High School are other nearby schools not recognized by U. S. News and World Report.

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U.S. News uses a College Readiness Index that calculates values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work (AP® exams) for the 2014-15 school year.  A change to their methodology includes student graduation rate and Gov. Livingston's was 99 percent.

In addition, "a significant part of this methodology is how the school performs taking into consideration expectations that included socially/economically disadvantaged populations," said Rattner.  

Rattner made the following observations of the report: 

  • Several other schools that we don’t typically compare ourselves with are ranked highly;
  • Of the NJ schools that were ranked, a good portion of them have a selective admissions process;
  • This ranking is not reflective of the data shared in our recent data dashboard presentations.

The Top 10 schools in New Jersey, according to the report, are 1) High Technology of Lincroft, 2) Dr. Ronald E. McNair of Jersey City, 3) Bergen County Technical of Teterboro, 4) Union County Magnet School, 5) Elizabeth High School, 6) Princeton High School, 7) Chatham High School, 8) Academy for Allied Health Sciences (Scotch Plains | Union County Vo-Tech School District), 9) Marine Academy of Science and Technology (Highlands), 10) West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North.

The Middle and High School dashboard comparisons will be presented at tonight's Berkeley Heights Board of Education meeting that begins at 7:30 p.m. in the all-purpose room at Columbia Middle School located at 345 Plainfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights.