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Principal: Errors rank Nev. high school 13th in US

Associated Press Modified: May 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm •  Published: May 8, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A principal says his suburban high school outside Las Vegas is great, but probably shouldn't win the title of 13th best in the nation.

Principal Jeff Horn is questioning the data that landed Henderson's Green Valley High School in the company of elite prep schools and specialized technical academies on U.S. News and World Report's "Best High Schools" rankings, released Tuesday.

"I know we do some great things at our school," Horn told The Associated Press. "It was pretty cool to hear that news, but the information it was based on was incorrect."

As first reported by the Las Vegas Sun, the rankings published online show Green Valley has 477 students and 111 teachers, a 4-to-1 ratio. They also show the school has a 100 percent pass rate on the Advanced Placement exam.

Horn said Green Valley actually has 2,850 students and a student-teacher ratio closer to 24-to-1. The school has a 64 percent pass rate on the exam.

Robert Morse, director of data research with U.S. News and World Report, said the publication is aware of the discrepancy.

"We're looking into it," he said.

Morse said the enrollment numbers come from the National Center for Education Statistics' Common Core of Data database. The federal statistics center, run though the U.S. Department of Education, collects and analyzes school data from state and local officials.

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