Cedar Rapids high schools top University of Iowa's AP Index

Washington and Kennedy lead list of 50

Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. (image from Cedar Rapids Community School District Web site)
Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. (image from Cedar Rapids Community School District Web site)

Cedar Rapids Community School District high schools continue to measure up statewide, according to yet another ranking.

Washington and Kennedy high schools took first and second, respectively, on the University of Iowa’s 2014 Iowa Advanced Placement Index. The list, released Friday, compares public and private high schools across the state based on the amount of AP opportunities available to students.

The rankings are based on a formula that divides the number of AP exams a school’s students take by the size of its graduating class in a given year. The 2014 index relies on AP test data from May 2013 and graduation data from May and June 2013.

Washington is in first place for the sixth consecutive year, while 2014 marks the second year Kennedy has taken the silver medal slot. Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School jumped 14 places this year, landing in 11th place after ranking 25th in 2013. This is the high school’s highest ranking since the UI’s Belin-Blank Center began compiling the list in 2005.

Buildings within the Grant Wood Area Education Agency region are well represented in the top 10, with Iowa City’s Regina Junior/Senior High School taking third place, Iowa City West High School in seventh and Wellman’s Mid-Prairie High School in eighth.

To view the full top 50 — which includes Linn-Mar High School in 17th place as well as Iowa City, Prairie and Xavier high schools in 21st, 22nd and 23rd places respectively — and their index scores, click here.

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