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Monday, May 16, 2005

Top 1000 High Schools
Newsweek posted this list. A very simple metric - the number of AP and/or IB tests given divided by the number of graduating seniors. It's a bit of a pain to search the whole list. So I copied it all to an Excel spreadsheet. There are quite a few Austin high schools on the list. Good to remember that top 1000 is top 4% in the country. The asterisks on the school name indicate that they use IB tests. The Subsizdized Lunches Number is the percent of the student body eligible for free and reduced lunches.

So here are Austin's finest:

RankSchoolCityStateScoreSubsidized Lunches
72 Westlake Austin TX 3.0351.8
76 Westwood* Austin TX 2.9786.5
165 Lyndon B. Johnson Austin TX 2.44241
204 Lanier Austin TX 2.26376.6
298 Anderson* Austin TX 1.95514
441 Stephen F. Austin Austin TX 1.67525.1
521 McNeil? Austin TX 1.5428.3
582 James Bowie Austin TX 1.466.9
678 McCallum? Austin TX 1.35727.5
892 Crockett Austin TX 1.14748
999 Akins Austin TX 1.04451.5
577 Lake Travis Austin TX 1.4637.8

Sunday, May 15, 2005 - platypus: "Platypus is a Firefox extension which lets you modify a Web page from your browser -- 'What You See Is What You Get' -- and then save those changes as a Greasemonkey script so that they'll be repeated the next time you visit the page. Editing pages to suit your needs is dandy -- but making those changes 'permanent' is the real payoff."

This is some amazing stuff that changes the way you do things. I already have greasemonkey and it rocks. I read the NY Times on the web, and there is a greasemonkey script that makes all articles use the single-page format. A small change, but it makes my life a small bit simpler. And then using firefox with adblock also changes things - much more relaxing.

I'm gonna go get this now.