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Magazine: Eighteen of nation's top 100 high schools are in New York

Eighteen of the top 100 high schools in the nation are in New York State, according to a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

The list includes six New York City high schools, six from Westchester County, four from Long Island, and one each from the Buffalo and Rochester regions:

The magazine said it collaborated with a data research and analysis division of Standard & Poor's through an analysis that considered student performance on state tests, performance of schools' disadvantaged students, and the schools' efforts to offer college-level coursework.

The list of 100 "gold medal" winners includes charter schools, the nation's oldest school in Boston, a school that serves children of privilege in suburban Washington, D.C., and a Texas school on the Mexican border that serves mainly children of "challenged immigrants."

The magazine said its analysis evaluates schools in only 40 states because Alabama, Alaska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and Washington, D.C., did not provide state test data from the 2005-2006 year and because Mississippi, Montana, and Nebraska provided insufficient 2005-2006 assessment data.