Methodology: The Top High Schools in Massachusetts 2013
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Process and weighting formulas
What followed was precise statistical analysis, guided by a methodology used in similar rankings created elsewhere in New England. After collecting the relevant data, we calculated the average values in each of the categories and the degree to which each school either exceeded or failed to reach those averages.
Those deviations from the average were standardized so that different categories could be compared meaningfully, and then we used a weighting formula to give certain categories more importance than others. We wanted, for example, a school’s student-teacher ratio to matter more in our ranking than its Math SAT scores – though test scores all together account for 60% of the weighting.
The weightings for calculations were as follows:
Student/Teacher Ratio 15%
Per Pupil Spending 15%
MCAS-English Language Arts 10%
MCAS-Science and Technology/Engineering 10%
Graduation Rate 10%
Each school’s weighted numbers were added into a single evaluative number, which, when ordered from highest to lowest, yields the ranking. A second ranking of Central Massachusetts' Top High Schools was derived from the overall ranking statewide.
- The Link Between Home Values + Schools—MA’s Top High Schools 2013
- CHART: Massachusetts’ Top High Schools 2013 From #1 to #344
- The Top High Schools in Massachusetts 2013
- The Top High Schools in Central Massachusetts 2013
- Methodology: The Top High Schools in Massachusetts 2013
- Reaction to Top High Schools in Central Massachusetts 2013