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New national high school rankings appear Friday

We moved my annual Challenge Index rankings of American high schools from Newsweek to On Friday May 20 we will unveil the new list on The Post will have a special section for the list in the Sunday paper for May 22. This year we ranked more than 1,900 schools, all those that met our standard of having given at least as many college-level tests in 2010 as they had graduating seniors.
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