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– In a region with a history of technological innovation, we are falling short in producing high school graduates well-versed in math, science, engineering and technology (STEM).

U.S. News and World Report recently ranked the best high schools in the country. The magazine also ranked the best STEM schools, using a slightly different methodology. The STEM rankings relied more heavily on the test results.

Here are the schools that made the cut:

  • Pittsford Sutherland #66
  • Brighton #127
  • Pittsford Mendon #175
  • Honeoye Falls-Lima #181

If our region will continue to be a center of innovation, we need to produce high school and college graduates who specialize in STEM. These are the highly-skilled people who invent things, earn more money and create jobs. But we don’t have enough of them, U.S. News reports:

While demand for workers skilled in STEM is expected to continue climbing, the number of students pursuing STEM degrees has dropped, according to an April 2012 report released by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.

“Despite the clear demand for STEM talent by domestic employers, the U.S. is failing to produce an ample supply of workers to meet the growing needs of both STEM and non-STEM employers,” the report states.

The state is exploring offering STEM and career and technology high school diplomas.

– Buffalo’s superintendent search process mirrors Rochester’s. There are concerns over the quality of candidates, secret meetings and favoritism.

– How often do you see someone in a public job take a stand and resign? Buffalo’s civil service head resigned rather than accept documents that may have been post-dated to force new workers into the new, less generous pension tier.

– The state will pay $3 million to Onondaga Nation members roughed up by troopers during a protest in 1997.

How much are U.S. drug addicts to blame for the Mexican cartel violence?

He was a college freshman at age 9 and got his medical degree at age 21.

3 Responses to High School STEM Rankings: Where Does Rochester Fall?

  1. June 4, 2012 at 9:40 am Michele responds:

    It’s all about the tests scores huh?

    • June 4, 2012 at 11:00 am Rachel responds:

      Not altogether – the study looked at the percentage of kids taking these courses and how well they performed.

  2. June 4, 2012 at 10:49 am Donald Murphy responds:

    The fact that the RCSD STEM school did not make the list is not surprising for a number of reasons. First and foremost, just as its predecessor the “School of Engineering & Manufacturing” was never able to secure CTE (Career and Technical Education) certification from the New York State Education Department, neither will the STEM school NYSED demands that all Engineering related courses be taught solely by licensed and certified Technology teachers. The current STEM school, as did it’s predecessor, violates this requirement by using Math, Science, Art and other teachers, as well as teachers with very dubious credentials to teach these classes, including the “Project Lead The Way” classes. As a reminder the “T” stands for Technology, and the “E” stands for Engineering, and therefore under the law only Technology teachers may teach any subjects in the school related to Engineering or Technology. As such, as long as myself and others watchdog these requirements and keep NYSED informed, the school will never be certified. Without the certification the District and School cannot grant diplomas to it’s graduates with a CTE designation, which puts the graduates at a severe disadvantage when applying to an Engineering or Technical college, and in some cases prevents even the application from being considered. In addition, very few of the students in the STEM school enter their Junior and Senior years with enough high end Math credits to meet the requirements for entry into these colleges. In short, the public and the students and parents are still being hoodwinked by the RCSD when they are told their children are being prepared for college in a Technical or Engineering field.

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