First, Newsweek came out with it’s rankings of the top schools in the nation, based on a weighted analysis of six specific criteria – graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student(5 percent). Of the 20,000+ high schools examined nationally, Shrewsbury came in in the top 3%, with a ranking of 527. Only 17 public, non-charter, schools in the state made this selective list.
In the same week, US News and World Report came out with their rankings, based on their own internal criteria. Again Shrewsbury performed admirably, ranking 34th in the state, and 625′th nationally. It’s useful to note, that as you look at the schools on the USNWR list which ranked higher than Shrewsbury, the vast majority again are either elite private or charter schools, or public high schools located in some of the most affluent communities in the state, like Dover, Lexington etc.
Overall some fantastic numbers that we should all be proud of. Achieving national recognition like this underscores what a great job our community is doing, yet there is so much more to do, and alas this year even less to do it with. These reports come, ironically, on the heels of the approval of the FY13 school budget, which has lead to the elimination of nearly three dozen teaching positions, and perhaps will remind us why we all need to redouble our efforts to provide our schools with the funding that they so desperately need to continue to compete effectively.