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District Says Education at East, West Same Despite Ranking

Superintendent Edward Ehmann says number of passing students taking AP tests provided the difference in scores on the U.S. News & World Report ranking.

While Smithtown High School West and High School East were named in the top 100 high schools in the state according to the , they were separated by more than 20 spots. While the schools were separate, Superintendent Edward Ehmann said the level of education is the same at each.

West is ranked #54 in the state out of 1,165 high schools, while East is ranked #76. The difference in scores comes in the college readiness index – West has an index of 49.6, while east holds an index of 42.6.

Ehmann said the difference in scores comes from the formula the U.S. News & World Report used to calculate this particular criteria.

"[They] take the number of tests that the school has produced in AP and divides the total number of tests written by the number of seniors in the graduating class," he said. "At West you have fewer kids being tested and they did well, of those kids tested 60 percent got a 3 or better on an AP test. At East 56 percent of the kids tested got a 3 or better on the AP test ... When you have more kids tested then you're perhaps have fewer kids getting a 3 or greater, it doesn't mean the quality of instruction is any worse.

While there is a difference in ranking, Ehmann said he is pleased that both schools ranked in the top 100 in the state.

"I'm very pleased to see that Smithtown ranks very highly," he said. "At the end of the day I would think the most important criteria are the kids getting into colleges they applied to and once there are they succeeding. I think all of our schools have a pretty high track record in that regard."

West's national rank was #382, East's was #585.

scsddad May 22, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Bill No I'm not Ms Plourde I don't spit and curse people
Bill May 22, 2012 at 01:51 AM
SCSDDAD Your time is ticking.... July 1st....
Ken Heard May 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM
The district has an excuse for every failure and an answer for nothing !!!!
Sticks60 May 23, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I think we should all be calm and wait to see what the new superintendent brings to our district. Now in the rankings he was able to duck the issue by not getting any rating. If he can do that for Smithtown we would not have this East / West problem. And hold on to your pocket books because he was able to do this with spending an additional $4500 per student with only the state mandated busing program. If you look that the math results in BPBP you might want to start lining up extra help now for your child next year.
scsddad May 23, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Bill All i'm saying is both schools are not the same.

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