Washington, D.C. – June 18, 2013 – U.S. News & World Report today released the 2013 Best High Schools for STEM rankings. For the third year in a row, High Technology High School in New Jersey has claimed the top spot. The rankings, which are available exclusively online at www.usnews.com/STEMrankings, were announced this morning at the U.S. News STEM Solutions 2013 National Conference in Austin, Texas.
The list of 250 schools was pulled from the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings and chosen based on the performance of their AP® (Advanced Placement®) test-taking students on a series of AP math and science classes. AP is a College Board classification of college-level coursework performed by high school students.
Many jobs today require proficiency in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and that number is expected to surge in the years to come. According to American companies that compete globally, there are not enough qualified STEM workers in the United States, leading to jobs being outsourced. Compared with students from other developed countries, American students have some of the lowest scores in STEM subjects.
“There is a critical need for American students to become both interested and skilled in the STEM disciplines,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report. “At U.S. News, we are committed to furthering the STEM initiative by providing parents and students with information on where they can find the best high schools for STEM.”
To qualify for the Best High Schools for STEM rankings, a school first had to be ranked with a gold medal in the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings published in April 2013. A total of 500 schools made that cut, and the list was narrowed further based on the proportion of the schools’ 2011 AP test-taking graduates who took and passed AP math and science tests. The highest scoring 250 schools made the final rankings list. For more information about the rankings methodology, visit www.usnews.com/stem-methodology.
Best High Schools for STEM Rankings
*For the full rankings list, visit http://www.usnews.com/STEMrankings
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