Some top school districts (39 to be exact) across the United States have asked Newsweek Magazine not to include them in the magazine’s annual “Top 100” high schools in the country list. The school superintendents who made the request did so in a letter to the editor, saying, “all schools, communities — and your readers — are poorly served by Newsweek’s persistent efforts to use a single statistic, the number of students who sit for A.P. or I.B. exams, to rank schools.” Michael V. McGill, superintendent of Scarsdale public schools, supported this move and discusses it in the district’s Spring 2008 newsletter. What do you think of his (and the other superintendents) decision to remove their districts from the list?
Rankings: What are they worth?