It's that time again...

Written on
August 30, 2023
Peter Hostrawser

The US News & World Report high school rankings are making their rounds. However, I can't help but question the accuracy and relevance of the data. ūü§®

In a rapidly changing world, what truly matters is the tangible skills our students graduate with. As a parent and educator, I find myself asking different questions: How many students leave high school equipped with a skills-based portfolio? How many confidently possess and can demonstrate their top 3 to 5 durable skills? How many graduate with real certifications and credentials that hold real-world value?

I'm not dismissing the importance of standardized test scores, GPAs, or dual credit opportunities. Yet, I believe it's time to shift our focus. The true worth of a high school education lies in the tangible abilities students acquire, the certifications they earn, and the skills they can apply immediately in their chosen paths.

Imagine a ranking system that showcases schools based on their commitment to nurturing these skills. A ranking that values hands-on experiences, project-based learning, and industry certifications. This would guide parents in choosing schools that prioritize real-world readiness and holistic growth.

It's not about where our kids stand in the rankings, but how well they stand equipped to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape. Here's to fostering tangible skills and certifications that truly empower our students for success!

Peter Hostrawser
Creator of Disrupt Education
My value is to help you show your value. #Blogger | #KeynoteSpeaker | #Teacher | #Designthinker |‚Äą#disrupteducation
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