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Best high schools in U.S.

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Newsweek is out with its annual list of the 1,500 best public high schools, based on a formula that divides the senior class by the number of Advanced Placement or similar tests taken. The theory is that this measures the challenge high schools present to average students. (Some schools in the country, including the selective admission Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts in Hot Springs, are not ranked because their students are made up almost entirely of students with high standardized test scores.)

More Arkansas schools are on the list this year, no doubt in part because of the state's encouragement of AP courses. Here's the breakout of Arkansas high schools. It's worth a look because in addition to the rankings, it shows the percentage of seniors that passed at least one AP test at each school and percentage of students who qualified for free or reduced price lunches, a measure of family income. On the list, with rank among the nation's 1,500:

LR Central (62); LR Mills (126); Fayetteville (417); Bentonville (681); Conway (979); Fort Smith Southside (1089); Rogers (1,131), and Ouachita High in Donaldson (1304)

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