Hightstown High School is moving up in the ranks. The school was listed in 161st place—up from the 180th spot in 2010—on the just-released biennial ranking of 328 public high schools in the state by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
NJ Monthly Magazine’s 2012 rankings of the top public high schools will be featured in the September issue, which hits newsstands on Aug. 28.
The magazine notes that the average class size at Hightstown High School is 23.2 and that the combined average SAT score is 1531.
NJ Monthly Magazine made changes to its methodology this year, including a new graduation-rate calculation, eliminating student/computer ratio as a factor and increasing the weighting for data on test results, according to an article announcing the top public high schools.
“The school’s average class size is down sharply since the 2010 rankings, and its math scores in the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) have improved significantly. This at a time of state budget cuts and local belt-tightening,” according to the NJ Monthly Magazine article.
Here's a look at how a few other schools in the area performed:Name 2012 Ranking 2010 Ranking
Hopewell Valley Central31 38 West Windsor-Plainsboro North 32 29 Princeton 59 44 West Windsor-Plainsboro South 62 16 Lawrence 82 120 Robbinsville 110 109 Hightstown 161 180 Hamilton East-Steinert
204 189 Ewing 212 245 Hamilton West-Watson
275 258 Hamilton North-Nottingham
The rankings from NJ Monthly come just a day after Inside Jersey published its own list of school rankings.
In that ranking, Hightstown High School ranked behind Princeton, West Windsor-Plainsboro North and South, Robbinsville, Lawrence and Hamilton-Steinert.
The categories and indicators used in the ranking by NJ Monthly, listed on NJ Monthly Magazine's web site, are as follows:
School Environment: The sum of the standardized rank scores for average class size; student/faculty ratio; percentage of faculty with advanced degrees; and number of AP tests offered, which was calculated as a ratio of grade 11 and 12 enrollment in order not to penalize smaller schools. (Senior class size is shown in the published charts for reference only; it is not part of the ranking calculation.)
Student Performance: The sum of the standardized rank scores for average combined SAT score; percentage of students showing advanced proficiency on HSPA; and students scoring a 3 or higher on AP tests as a percentage of all juniors and seniors.
Student Outcomes: A single score based on a new graduation-rate calculation (four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate) introduced by New Jersey in 2011, as mandated by the federal government. Essentially, the adjusted cohort formula divides a school’s number of four-year graduates by the number of first-time ninth-graders who entered the cohort four years earlier. For further information, visit state.nj.us/education/data/.
Vocational schools: Schools defined in this category by the state Department of Education were ranked using the same methodology as other public schools, but with two exceptions. No average class size is available for these schools, since many students are shared with mainstream schools. Similarly, there is insufficient data on AP tests.
Special Notes: Some schools were missing only AP-related data, particularly the number of students who scored a 3 or higher on AP tests. For these schools (which had fewer than 10 students who took an AP test) a value was imputed for purposes of the ranking using an average of other schools in their DFG. Also, for certain districts where there were obvious errors in the data (Midland Park, Elizabeth and Paterson), corrections were obtained directly from the districts.
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