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The 2006 Washington Area Challenge Index

The Challenge Index rating for each school district is the ratio of total college level tests given in 2006 divided by total number of seniors graduating in 2006. Only about five percent of U.S. high schools achieve a rating of 1.000 or above, but 70 percent of Washington area high schools do. The change in rating is since 2005.

Rank District Average Rating Change
1.Clarke 4.7302.1%
2.Falls Church 4.0600.3%
3.Arlington 4.05014.2%
4.Fairfax2.7006.4 %
5.Montgomery2.68119.8%
6.Winchester 2.39016.6%
7.Loudoun 2.25115.8%
8.St. Maryís 1.78818.5%
9.Alexandria1.78619.4%
10.Calvert 1.76741.4%
11.Frederick, Md. 1.69616.8%
12.Prince William 1.65425.1%
13.Manassas Park 1.4959.3%
14.Charles 1.4927.2%
15.Howard 1.3641.6%
16.Anne Arundel 1.348-0.6%
17.Manassas City 1.30519.1%
18.Spotsylvania 1.26512.4%
19.Fauquier 1.0872.3%
20.Fredericksburg 1.075-18.7%
21.Stafford 1.04827.6%
22.Carroll 1.03543.2%
23.D.C. 0.8898.4%
24.Culpeper 0.80188.5%
25.Rappahannock 0.798-28.6%
26.Prince George's 0.75734.9%
27.Warren 0.4800%
28.Frederick, Va. 0.176-4.9%

Source: Area school districts. Jefferson High is not included in Fairfax total because it is an exclusive magnet that has students from several districts.


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