LBUSD high schools get high marks

LBUSD high schools get high marks

There are 5 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Jun 14, 2010, titled LBUSD high schools get high marks. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

The news out of the Long Beach Unified School District continues to be bleak. Budget shortfalls have resulted in layoffs, furloughs and cutbacks in programs.

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Ranking Methodology

Los Alamitos, CA

#1 Jun 15, 2010
The news out of the Long Beach Unified School District continues to be bleak. Budget shortfalls have resulted in layoffs, furloughs and cutbacks in programs.
Despite all that, the district is still quite capable of generating good news. Seven of the district's high schools have been named among Newsweek's best. Six of them scored higher than prestigious Los Alamitos High School.
NEWSWEEK's 'Best High Schools' list is a misnomer.

NEWSWEEK's Challenge Index uses a ratio formula to determine which high schools make their 'America's Best' list: "We take the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge (AICE) tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors graduating in May or June."

If a school's average SAT or ACT scores are too high, they don't make the NEWSWEEK 'Best High School' list, which is really just a comparison between two different things (number of tests divided by number of seniors). One test-taker can take multiple AP tests including underclassmen. The NEWSWEEK ranking's ratio is skewed by the quantity of test takers and number of tests taken per test taker. The intent of the high school ranking is to get people talking about equity, not measuring quality.

NEWSWEEK's ranking 'Best High School' list includes a measure called E&E (Equity and Excellence)-- The percent of all seniors who passed an AP or IB test. Ranking doesn't necessarily equate to quality. For example, LBUSD's Wilson High ranked #821 (E&E 31.4%) while LAUSD's Los Alamitos High ranked #1332 (E&E 30%)-- there is not much Equity and Excellence difference percentage wise between these two schools.

Cerritos High School, Cerritos -- E & E 58.4%(Rank #181)

Cypress High, Cypress -- E&E 26.9 --(Rank #1,102)
Oxford Academy, Cypress -- E&E 100%--(Rank #11)

Avalon High, Avalon -- E&E 25.9%--(Rank #1,266)
CA Academy of Math & Science, Carson -- E&E 93.7%--(Rank #532)
Lakewood High, Lakewood -- E&E 21.5%--(Rank #1,237)
Millikan High, Long Beach -- E&E 15.8%--(Rank #1,392)
Poly High, Long Beach -- E&E 29.7%--(Rank #997)
Renaissance High, Long Beach -- E&E 24.4%--(Rank #1,127)
Wilson High, Long Beach -- E&E -- 31.4%--(Rank #821)

Los Alamitos High, Los Alamitos -- E&E 30%--(Rank #1332)

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United States

#3 Jan 1, 2011
liked the movie avalon high

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#4 Apr 20, 2011
Poly is an unpleasant place. They provide segregated education with their "trailer campus" on a used car lot a block away.
Still Dancin

Phoenix, AZ

#5 May 27, 2011
Lbusd is still far superior to a lot of districts. You go Lancers. Show em how being smart is not only cool, but very beneficial. 1966 grad and not doing bad for a 62 year ol broad. Your school can do it. Put your differences away until you can enjoy them.
what does newsweek know

United States

#6 May 30, 2011
I bet they meant to put Eli Whitney, although Cerritos is a good school too

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