Sumner Academy in the KCK School District often makes lists for the best high schools in America, but four other KCK high schools were named among the worst in the country.
District officials knew that was wrong and successfully challenged the claim. The district was able to get the four schools removed from the listing by Neighborhoodscout.com.
Schlagle High School was named in the top 10 worst public schools by the website. The other schools making the site's bad school list were Harmon, Wyandotte and Washington high schools.
District spokesman David Smith said the website failed to take into account that the schools use ACT scores rather than state test scores. They have been given an exemption by the state from those tests, and the ACT test is more rigorous, Smith said. The district, which pays for the cost, requires all high school students to take the ACT test.
It would be impossible for a single district to have that many poorly performing schools and it not make headlines, which is one of the reasons that the list was so wrong, Smith said.
"Four schools in one district? The bottom six and we don't know about this? It's not a national story and hasn't been for a long time? Something is wrong there and it just doesn't pass the smell test," he said.
The Boston-based website says it publishes its lists to help homebuyers and renters look at crime statistics and school performance before determining where they will live.
Students were disappointed.
"I didn't like it. I was mad when I heard about it," Schlagle freshman George Baker said. "We have some good students here."
Smith said the district's teachers, staff, students and parents have put in much hard work to improve the four high schools, and this list damages their reputation.
"These are real people who invest a lot to be successful," he said. "To have someone post incorrect information without even bothering to check is hurtful and really cruel."
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