came in 15th among Washington area schools on Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews annual Challenge Index.
The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in 2011 divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for free and reduced lunch (Subs. lunch), an indicator of poverty, and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E). More than 170 public and private schools are on the local list; 1,900 are included nationally.
, , earned No. 54 on Matthews' list.
George Mason High in Falls Church and Oakton High School were the top-scoring schools in the area, ranked No. 6 and No. 10, respectively.
Nationally, Madison is ranked No. 143; Marshall is No. 434.
George Mason and Oakton High Schools were ranked No. 84 and No. 104 on the national list.