We recently went to check out this article after reading a comment posted on another site questioning the methodology and usefulness of the rating. The post was correct in that the rating was not based on merit or true academics but rather simply the number or percentage of the students who sat for either the AP or IB tests. The article nor rating do not take into consideration the student results (i.e. how many passed, how many failed, what the average score was) but just how many of MVRCS students took the tests compared to other schools and districts. Additionally, after looking through the summary of the article (located at US NEWS Summary of MVRCS ) we realized that it is an application process and states that it is non-merit based. Additionally, if you look at the numbers below, MVRCS is predominately white (68%) and only rates a 74.2 on the 'College Readiness Index'. Further, under the 'Exam Passing Rate' the school scored only 61.2% which is not impressive considering how few students have been in the upper classes. Overall, while the heading does look impressive on the MVRCS website, after closer examination it doesn't seem as much of a achievement or accomplishment. We think our school can and should be doing better than this and the need to resort to applying (was a payment involved?) for inclusion into this type of study.