The Hudson High

School is rightfully proud of its recognition as one of the nation's best high schools. Ninety-five percent of its students attend college. It is ranked sixth in Ohio and 179th in the nation. The U.S. News and World Report named Hudson High School as one of the best high schools in America. The Washington Post ranks it at 296th and describes it as one of America's most challenging high schools.

These statistics are all indirect measures of student college success. Being 179th out of 19,400 nationally ranked schools is actually a handicap since at that rarefied altitude, finding ways to improve by examining other schools is challenging. Even higher ranked schools may exhibit differences so small as to be barely perceptible.

Seventy-five percent of the Hudson population over the age of 25 holds a four-year college degree. They know the high rate of college student attrition. The Hudson School's college attrition rate is an important measure of school success missing in these statistics.

The Hudson public should demand the Hudson School use direct measures of college success. Student performance needs to be measured by collecting data from the colleges attended. When my son graduated from boarding school, the school had students sign releases so that they could obtain student college transcripts for a period of 10 years following high school graduation. This is what a school does when it is really serious about evaluating its preparation of students for college. Hudson needs to follow its example.

I know that Hudson has great schools, but as a school district committed to student college success having their college transcripts would provide a much more graphic measure of student preparation for the four-year crawl.

Cecil Wristen, Hudson