Newsweek published their list of America's Top 1,500 Public High Schools and 28 Minnesota schools made the cut. (via)
Here is how the ranking is created:
Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors. All of the schools on the list have an index of at least 1.000; they are in the top 6 percent of public schools measured this way.Check out which Minnesota schools made the list. See the full list here.
Do you think the ranking is a fair assessment of the "top" public schools in the country? Can a school really be judged based on the percentage of students taking advanced tests.