Calculation error kept Wake schools from Newsweek list

Posted July 28, 2010 5:48 p.m. EDT

The authors of a ranking of the top high schools in America recalculated their data and admitted they erred in leaving eight Wake County schools off the list, which was published by Newsweek.

“When we first saw the list, we were alarmed only four of our schools made the list,” said David Holdzkom, assistant superintendent for Evaluation and Research for the Wake County Public School System.

“Using the Newsweek criteria, we re-examined all WCPSS high schools to see if any met the test used by Newsweek. We discovered eight of our schools had been left off the list in error,” Holdzkom said.

When Wake County called Newsweek, the magazine admitted the mistake and revised its list. In all, twelve Wake County schools made the list. They are:

  • Apex
  • Middle Creek
  • Cary
  • Panther Creek
  • Holly Springs
  • Wakefield
  • Millbrook
  • Enloe
  • Broughton
  • Athens Drive
  • Leesville Road
  • Green Hope