|Many of the Gulen managed schools claim to be voted a "top" Newsweek school|
So what does this really mean?
Harmony School Receives a Gold Medal by U.S.News
U.S. News has announced the best high schools of the nation. The 2012 edition includes data on almost 22,000 public schools, 500 of which received gold medals.
Harmony Science Academy High School - Houston is ranked #309 in the nation, making the school one of the Gold Medalists. Harmony Science Academy is also ranked 24th within Texas. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Harmony Science Academy is 89 percent. The student body makeup is 44 percent male and 56 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 86 percent.
Harmony Science Academy Dallas is ranked #554 in the nation, enabling the school to receive a Silver Medal. Harmony Science Academy - Dallas is ranked 50th within Texas. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Harmony Science Academy - Dallas is 62 percent. The student body makeup is 48 percent male and 52 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 88 percent.
Harmony Science Academy North Austin received a Bronze Medal. At Harmony Science, the student body makeup is 47 percent male and 53 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 89 percent.
You can read more here.
Newsweek listed Harmony Science Academy North Austin (a Gulen charter school located in Pflugerville TX and run by the Cosmos Foundation) on its 2011 "miracle" school list. Newsweek explains how schools were chosen for this list: "Our analysis excluded schools that had fewer than 10 graduates, as well as those that were newly founded and did not have a graduating senior class in 2010." The rankings are based on data as reported by school officials.
The Texas Education Agency's report card for Harmony Science Academy North Austin shows it did not have a graduating senior class in 2010. The inclusion of this school on the list is an error.
This error has not stopped Harmony Public Schools from aggressively and repeatedly advertising this supposed honor. Newsweek has not issued a correction.
More details can be read at the Miracle Schools webpage.