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Methodology: Data was collected on the high schools from the towns listed in the table provided. In instances where data values were not available or applicable, we used the weighted average of that school’s scores from the categories for which we did have data. Thus, it would neither help nor hurt their ranking. This occurred with only a small number of values. In the case of unavailable SAT data for a specific school, then districtwide mean SAT scores were used. This occurred for only two public school districts.
Once the data was collected and cleansed, we compared each high school’s data points to the overall average for all of the schools. We then applied a percentage weight to the standardized value for each school to create an aggregate “score” for each school. Then, the high schools were ranked based on that statistical score.
Notes for selected categories.
Average Class Size: We used the most recent data available from the NYSEDn website for core-4 reported class-size data points. These include ELA, Algebra I, Earth Science (or Biology I), and U.S. History (or World History). We considered it more desirable to have a smaller class size than a larger one.
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: We considered it more desirable to have a lower ratio than higher.
No. of Counselors/ Social Workers: This was based on the total number of counselors and social workers relative to the total 9-12 enrollment. We considered it more desirable to have a lower ratio than a higher one. This data was taken from NYSED website in all cases except Irvington High School, which provided the data directly to us.
No. of AP/ IB Courses: This was based on the total number of AP/ IB courses listed in our table in relation to the total 9-12 enrollment. We considered it more desirable to have a lower ratio than a higher one.
AP/ IB Participation Rate: We considered it desirable to have a higher participation rate than a lower one.
About Our Rankings Expert: George Recck is director of the Math Resource Center and a member of the Math, Analytics, Science & Technology division at Babson College. He has extensive experience in information technology and statistical education and is the founder of Total Information Inc., a consulting firm that provides a range of information services to small businesses. He is a past chair of the Business Analytics/Statistics Education special-interest group of the American Statistical Association whose services have been retained by magazines such as Boston and Philadelphia.
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