US News issues 2012 national high school rankings
Love them or hate them, rankings continue to capture the public's attention. Florida ranks its schools according to FCAT scores. Other states are looking at following Florida's lead in rating schools based on test results.
In its newly released listing, US News and World Report uses state testing data as its first level for scoring schools. Then it refines further, using results for disadvantaged students and availability of programs such as AP and IB as additional criteria.
The top schools on the list all share one trait -- they're selective in student admissions, not just drawing from their surrounding neighborhoods. Just one Florida school makes the top 25 -- Miami-Dade's Design and Architecture Senior High, at No. 16.
The top rated schools in each of the Tampa Bay area's districts are:
Plant High in Hillsborough, No. 22 in Florida and No. 321 overall
Palm Harbor University High in Pinellas, No. 50 in Florida and No. 887 overall
Springstead High in Hernando, No. 81 in Florida and No. 1,759 overall
Gulf High in Pasco, No. 82 in Florida and No. 1,788 overall
There is always much argument over the value of these rankings. What do you think makes a high school great? Do these lists help?