U.S News recently released its rankings of the best public high schools in the United States. (http://www.usnews.com/education/high-schools/articles/2013/04/23/us-news-releases-2013-best-high-schools-rankings?int=edu:ft&int=ed8556) The highest ranked school, which was in Dallas, TX, scored 100% in college readiness, 4.0 in Math, and 3.7 in Reading.
By contrast, the highest ranked NH high school scored only 38% college ready, 2.3 Math, 3.4 Reading. 44% of the students were rated Not Proficient in Math – and this is ranked the best school in NH. The NH average, though not listed, appears to be about 2.0 in Math, which translates to 63% of high school students NOT proficient.
Perhaps the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) is more difficult than the tests used in other states, but it does seem appalling that a large majority of NH high school students are ranked Not Proficient in math. I hope to have more information in a future column.