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Newton high schools not on top 100 list

Posted December 7, 2008 07:00 AM

Two Massachusetts high schools -- but neither of Newton's -- made the US News & World Report's list of top 100 high schools for 2008.

The lone Massachusetts schools on the 2008 list were Belmont and Boston Latin.

No. 1 in the US was Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., for the second year in a row. Said the magazine: "The school, which focuses heavily on math and science education, bested more than 21,000 other public high schools in 48 states for the honor.''

You can see what School Matters, the outfit that US News used to crunch the data, has to say about Newton's schools here and use the tool to compare it with other towns and cities. MCAS scores can be found here.

Several Massachusetts schools, including Wellesley High, were on the 2007 US News list. A separate list, courtesy of Newsweek, can be found here.

The rankings are often controversial, as the New York Times noted last year. "The ranking is a centerpiece of what we might call the Anxiety Industry, the same booming market that includes test-prep classes and private college-admissions consultants. Nobody should feel exactly sanguine about that reality,'' the Times wrote.

Check out the US News methodology here.

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