The Answer Sheet: challenge index


Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Why I'm not writing (anything new) about Jay's High School Challenge Index this year

For lots of reasons. Here they are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Challenge Index, He Just Published the 2013 List

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/01/2010

Challenging Jay’s Challenge Index

Someone has to say it, so I will. Today my esteemed colleague Jay Mathews published his Washington region version of the Challenge Index, that annual exercise in which he ranks high schools. How does he do this? With this formula that he devised years ago: The number of Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school, divided by the number of graduating seniors. That’s it. Is that enough? I don't think so.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School, High School | Tags:  challenge index

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 11/05/2009

My response to Jay's response on the 'Challenge Index'

I, um, well, I’m shattered to hear that you have rejected my forgiveness. I’m just glad I wasn’t offering any, because then I would really feel lousy. I was asking YOU to forgive ME me for blaming YOU for what school administrators have told ME they have done for years because of YOUR Challenge Index.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:42 PM ET, 11/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Challenge Index

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/05/2009

Dear Jay .... About that ‘Challenge Index’ of yours

Dear Mr. Mathews, For some time now, I have quietly cursed your Challenge Index. (Okay, maybe not so quietly). You know the one I mean--the annual exercise you undertake in which you make a list of the country’s “most challenging” public high schools by calculating this ratio: the number of Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school, divided by the number of graduating seniors. ... But I've had some new thoughts on the matter....

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Advanced Placement, Jay Mathews, The Challenge Index