Minnesota high schools can’t crack Newsweek’s Top 100

Nothing like a list of rankings in a popular national magazine to get the masses talking.

Here’s a look at how Minnesota schools fared in the latest Newsweek list of ‘America’s Best High Schools.’

The rankings are based on a simple formula: the number of students who take advance tests at a school divided by the number of seniors who graduate.

Is that a metric that really determines the nation’s ‘best high schools?’ Certainly there’s plenty of room for debate on that question. Minnesota schools outside the Twin Cities might have something to say about it, considering none of them ranked high enough to even make Newsweek’s list of more than 1,600 schools.

But kudos to Newsweek for explaining in detail how it came up with the rankings. Unlike many “America’s Best (fill in the blank)” lists, at least Newsweek developed a formula it can stand behind.

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