WESTFIELD, NJ — For a second year, U.S. News & World Report has left Westfield High School off of its “Best High Schools” list, published this week. In 2015, WHS ranked No. 30 in New Jersey and No. 536 in the nation.
“Similar to last year, Westfield High School did not pass Step 1 in the four-step methodology for the 2017 Best High Schools rankings,” Enxhi Myslymi, a spokesperson for the publication, explained. “As such, it was not ranked for this year. Step 1 in the methodology looks at whether students perform better than expected in their state. This focuses on reading and math results for students on each state’s proficiency tests, and factors in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students. The data used is from the 2014-2015 academic year.”
The number of WHS students not taking the PARCC test may have played a role.
“Since Westfield High School students traditionally earn high scores on the SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement exams, a large percentage of our high school students opted to meet NJ graduation requirements through those tests,” Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said. “They did not take PARCC, which appears to be the assessment referenced in U.S. News and World Report’s methodology.”