Ranking high schools on ‘opportunity’ rather than results

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Two educators have launched a new high school ranking based not on test scores, graduation rates or difficulty of classes, but on how focused a school is on closing “opportunity gaps.”

It was created by Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, and Carol Burris, executive director of the non-profit Network for Public Education.

The criteria include health and psychological support for students, “judicious and fair” discipline policies, teacher mentoring programs and community outreach.

“It’s both arbitrary and absurd to judge schools based overwhelmingly on the test scores of their students,” Welner said.

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Amelia Hamilton was a former Watchdog.org education correspondent.