The New York Times reports that Blind Brook High of Westchester, NY, jumped from number 200 on Newsweek's "America's Best High Schools" list in 2005 to number 88 this year. However, the response to the news was skeptical. Monroe Haas, a longtime school board member, called the ratings "meaningless," among other things. Newsweek claims that it can assess all 25,000 U.S. high schools using a numerical formula that takes into account the number of students who take AP exams. The magazine believes that schools should be rewarded for pushing students to take AP courses. However,...

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