Im trying to get a better feel for the ranking statistics from the USNWR rankings and the ranking question as a whole. Currently my sons school does not rank but does send in the decile ranking. His school is a small magnet high school and graduates about 45 50 kids a year, making only about the top 4 -5 students in the top decile. To me that can be very deceiving as this is a Science and Math High School in New Jersey with a very rigorous schedule and the top say 15 kids could be separately by fractions of a point.
My opinion is leaning towards eliminating the decile reporting as well as it might negatively influence adcoms. In my sons high school, a kid that may end up in the 4th or 5th or even lower decile could easily be in the top 10% in the local Public.
And as I was looking at the common data set stats, I get even more confused. I would think that HYPSM were schools that a lot of the same kids would be applying to but the stats (2008-2009) say:
Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshmen) students who submitted high school class