VERONA, NJ – Verona High School was once again named to the Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.
The report ranked 2,300 out of a possible 22,000 high schools around the nation according to a formula based on advanced placement tests and graduating seniors. Verona High School came in at number 938 in the nation.
The Washington Post looked at the number of Advanced Placement or other college-level tests administered by the school divided by the number of graduates that year. To qualify for the list, the school had to achieve a ratio of one or at least one test given for every senior receiving a diploma.
Education Columnist Jay Mathews explained in the report when compiling the list for the Washington Post he counted the number of tests administered, rather than the number of passing scores because, “I found that many high schools kept those rates artificially high by allowing only top students to take the courses.”
The list on which Verona High School is included does not count magnet or charter high schools because those schools typically have more high achieving students with higher than average scores on SAT or ACT tests.
The Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools index is intended to identify schools that support and encourage students to take college-level courses and sit for the tests, according to their published report.