Appoquinimink-Delaware’s Top High School?

U.S. News and World report did a massive ranking of America’s public high schools. Congratulations to the State Winner, Appoquinimink High School in Middletown which ranked 1300th nationally which is easily in the top 10%.

Delmar High School ranked second at 2135 nationally and was the only other Silver ranked school in the state. The Bronze ranked high schools are Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes; Delcastle Technical High School, Wilmington; Lake Forest High School, Felton; Mount Pleasant High School , WILMINGTON; Smyrna High School , SMYRNA; and Sussex Central High School , GEORGETOWN.

Neighboring Maryland had two schools make the top 100 and the highest percentage of schools to score at least a silver medal with 30% of the schools receiving that distinction. Neighboring New Jersey had two schools in the top 20. Our highest school would be 45th in New Jersey, but like its Appo’s national rank, that is within the top 10%. The Charter School of Wilmington did not have test scores available at the time of the ranking. By the other criteria, it is likely the top performing school in the state and would rank in the top 50 nationally.

12 thoughts on “Appoquinimink-Delaware’s Top High School?”

  1. Such “rankings” are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Appo scores so well because of its low percentage of low-income students. Eliminate low-income students and your high school will excel too. That’s the vo-tech route to “success.”

  2. What is the connection between “low income” and low test scores?

    Are you saying that low income correlates with low IQ? If not, are you saying that low income and low test scores correlates with young, uneducated single mothers raising children with no father present in the home?

    The city of Baltimore has the second-highest per-pupil-spending in the country, yet they fail. Thus, the actual schools are not the problem, per se. The problem is the students. In most urban areas, education is ridiculed, working is for dupes and sex, drugs, hip-hop and a stolen Lexus are the only important things in life. Cultural degeneration foments a self-fulfilling economic prophesy.

  3. I have no intention of educating someone who has not bothered to educate himself. Look it up: The No. 1 correlate between test scores and any attribute of the test takers is parents’ income. Always has been.

    Your stereotyping of poor people shows you are not actually as interested in fixing the problem as in blaming poor people for their own situation.

  4. I have no intention of educating someone who has not bothered to educate himself.

    It will be a cold day in hell when you can “educate” me about anything. Everything you say is tainted by fatuous political-correctness. You live in a perpetual fog.

    Look it up: The No. 1 correlate between test scores and any attribute of the test takers is parents’ income…

    And what did I say that attempted to contradict that premise? Nothing. I said;

    What is the connection between “low income” and low test scores?

    Are you saying that low income correlates with low IQ? If not, are you saying that low income and low test scores correlates with young, uneducated single mothers raising children with no father present in the home?

    Okay? Say we agree on the income/low scores data. Fine. But why is that the case? Since inner-city schools typically have high per-pupil spending, why do they fail? As I said;

    Are you saying that low income correlates with low IQ? If not, are you saying that low income and low test scores correlates with young, uneducated single mothers raising children with no father present in the home?

    You seem to be avoiding the question. Accusing me of adhering to “stereotypes” doesn’t answer the question. Hasn’t it ever occurred to you that there is a reason low-income students perform poorly?

    The unwed birth rate in the inner cities is as high as 80%, and many of these mothers are uneducated teenagers. This is not a “stereotype,” it is a fact. Look it up.

    Why do people who are utterly unprepared to raise children having children? Why are you so politically-correct that you can’t face the problem, which cultural. As I said;

    The problem is the students. In most urban areas, education is ridiculed, working is for dupes and sex, drugs, hip-hop and a stolen Lexus are the only important things in life. Cultural degeneration foments a self-fulfilling economic prophesy.

    And so what is your response? The usual nonsense;

    Your stereotyping of poor people shows you are not actually as interested in fixing the problem as in blaming poor people for their own situation.

    What is the “problem?” There has always been poverty and there always will be. But today, unlike the past, there has been a wholesale rejection of study, work and personal responsibility; three attributes necessary to escape poverty. The “problem” is cultural, and the poor who perpetuate the malaise are responsible.

  5. To quote a past commenter on Twitter, in a now-deleted tweet:

    “I love when people say “please educate yourself” in a fight. You don’t want me to educate myself, you just want me to share YOUR opinions”

    Good post Rick.

  6. Not at all the case here. There is a voluminous literature on educational testing, and having Rick look it up himself is preferable to me giving a summary of it.

    I don’t have an opinion. I was sharing a fact.

  7. SOS,
    Sure, except your attempted “proof by vigorous assertion” is not fact. Rick’s reply _is_ fact, which is why I liked it.

  8. Proof has nothing to do with it; it’s a well-established fact.

    Your likes and dislikes are of no import.

  9. Sure I have: Testing results correspond most positively with family income. Do you know how to look that up or do you need a link because you don’t possess basic research skills?

  10. SOS,
    I will leave you on your ‘short bus’ here. As a commenter on the _Ace Of Spades_ blog wisely put it, “”When your argument is based upon your opponents accepting your premises and definitions, you have failed before even opening your mouth.”

  11. Really? Because if you go back a ways, you’ll see that I was rejecting Rick’s argument on exactly that basis.

    I posted a fact. I don’t have time or interest in “proving” this widely acknowledged fact. Here’s one link, just as an example:

    http://researchnews.wsu.edu/society/169.html

    Rick demands I “explain” this result. I am not an expert; I defer to experts. That’s why I suggest that he educate himself.

    This isn’t a debate. Facts are facts.

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