Texas has two of top four high schools in US

Washington Post:
High schools in the Southwest dominate the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings of the country’s best high schools, taking six of the top 10 spots in the rankings released Tuesday.

Texas and Arizona high schools earned the top four rankings, and the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology a Fairfax County, Va. magnet school, was in the fifth spot nationally.

The news magazine collected data on more than 21,500 schools for the report, which for the first time included graduation rates as a factor in the rankings.

[See the new 2016 America’s Most Challenging High Schools rankings from The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews]

An analysis by U.S. News found that the nation’s top 6,000 high schools have graduation rates at least 15 percent higher than all others.

The top honors went to the School for the Gifted and Talented in Dallas for the fifth year in a row, while two schools in Arizona — BASIS Scottsdale and BASIS Tucson North — were ranked second and third. Another Dallas institution, the School of Science and Engineering Magnet, took fourth.
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It should not be surprising that the top schools have higher graduation rates.  Texas student test scores have also shown significant progress for minority students.

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