Dallas ISD schools ranked among most challenging in nation

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Three Dallas ISD schools are among the top 15 most challenging schools in the nation, according to a new report from the Washington Post.

The School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, and the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School were, respectively, ranked as the third, fourth, and fifteenth most challenging U.S. school. Only one other school district —Jacksonville—had more than two schools ranked in the top 15.

The Washington Post rankings are based on the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career. The rankings looked at more than 2,300 high schools nationwide.

“This is further evidence of what we already know: Dallas ISD has some of the best students, teachers, and schools in the country,” Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles said.

Ben Mackey, principal of the School for the Talented and Gifted, said that the Washington Post report validated their efforts. He added that the students, teachers, and supporting community are always proud when their work is recognized on a national level.

“We are excited to continue driving forward and provide the best possible education to all of our students,” he said.

To view the full rankings, click here.

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