Superintendent Responds to Monrovia High's U.S. News Ranking

The magazine U.S. News & World Report ranked Monrovia High School as the 217th-best high school in the state, but Superintendent Linda Wagner says the ranking provides an incomplete picture.

Monrovia Unified School District Superintendent Linda Wagner wrote the following email to Patch in response to questions about a U.S. News & World Report story that :

This U.S. News methodology uses a three step process. To simplify and summarize, they take into account reading and math results for all students on the high school proficiency tests, they look at how the school's least advantaged students are performing in relationship to other students in the state, and they look at how many 12th grade students took at least one AP test before or during their senior year.

This is one way of looking at the achievement of schools. We strive to show improvement through improved student achievement in all forms of academic measurement.

Rich Altavista May 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Really? It seems to me that U.S. News & World Report uses good solid objective data to run their analysis. Maybe that explains why Arcadia schools are ranked higher and, surprisingly, homes in Arcadia seem to be worth about 10% - 15% more than they are in Monrovia for similar properties. Don't kid yourself, these ranking matter, and they create a perception of greater value in communities that are ranked higher. So Linda can espouse any theory she wants to make herself fell better, but lower rankings translate into lower perceived community value.
Raymond Aguirre May 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
NO EXCUSES! #217 is #217. Do you think we are all uneducated? Linda is just another politician in costume waiting for her 30 seconds of fame.
Gayle M. Montgomery May 25, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Late to this argument, but, when my own children transferred to MHS in high school (they are now parents of high schoolers in other districts), I was aghast at how remiss the school was. They did not have enough text books for their students. I haven't kept up, but I clearly hope that this has been remedied. That said, I am not surprised at the ranking.


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