7 Iowa high schools on national ‘most challenging’ list

Oct 13, 2014 by

Seven Iowa high schools were included in the 2014 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, released this week by the Washington Post.

According to the annual report, Iowa’s most challenging high school was Cedar Rapids Washington High School, with a four-year graduation rate of 93 percent and average ACT score of 24.8 on a scale of 36.

The most challenging high school in the country was American Indian Public Charter in Oakland Calif., according to the report.

The charter school has a four-year graduation rate of 100 percent, an average SAT score of 1,523 and average ACT score of 28.

According to the Washington Post, America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a ratio of the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of high school seniors who graduated that year.

The Post began the index in 1998 as a way to measure how well high schools in the Washington, D.C.-area were preparing students for college.

Starting in 2011, the newspaper looked at schools across the nation.

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