Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Fannie Flagg will be pleased

Newsweek this week has named Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in Irondale as the nation's No. 1 public high school this year.

The ratings are based on the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests that students take in a given year, so it's not surprising that a magnet school with two of those words in its name would capture the honors. From the looks of the index ratings, JCIB blew its nearest competitor out of the water.

The ratings don't seem to take account of how students did on those AP or IB tests; nor do they consider other measures of a school's quality. Still, regardless of methodological deficiencies, it's great to see Alabama at the top of a national list of good things.

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