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Best High Schools: State by State Statistics

Here's a look at the Best High Schools statistics, state by state.

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Rank State Number of High Schools* Number Eligible for Full analysis Awarded Bronze or Better Bronze or Better (% of total high Schools) Awarded Silver or Gold Silver or Gold (% of total High Schools)
1 Massachusetts 338 246 44 13.0% 29 8.6%
2 Connecticut 231 138 21 9.1% 16 6.9%
3 Vermont** 61 38 5 n.a. 3 6.6%
4 California 1,999 858 209 10.5% 126 6.3%
5 Virginia 317 223 45 14.2% 18 5.7%
6 New Jersey 390 305 41 10.5% 20 5.4%
6 Rhode Island 56 29 7 12.5% 3 5.4%
8 Maine 120 72 15 12.5% 6 5.0%
8 Ohio** 821 358 87 n.a. 41 5.0%
8 Illinois 782 269 71 9.1% 39 5.0%
11 New York 987 643 105 10.6% 48 4.9%
12 Nevada 109 53 12 11.0% 5 4.6%
13 Maryland** 257 168 24 n.a. 11 4.3%
14 New Hampshire 79 56 12 15.2% 3 3.8%
15 Colorado 323 140 29 9.0% 11 3.4%
16 Florida 875 362 47 5.4% 28 3.2%
17 Pennsylvania 679 357 65 9.6% 21 3.1%
17 Kentucky 229 145 33 14.4% 7 3.1%
19 Arizona 454 121 45 9.9% 13 2.9%
20 South Carolina 212 136 19 9.0% 6 2.8%
21 Washington 591 193 46 7.8% 16 2.7%
22 Oregon 299 96 31 10.4% 7 2.3%
23 Michigan 926 305 74 8.0% 20 2.2%
24 Delaware 49 26 3 6.1% 1 2.0%
25 North Carolina 478 313 41 8.6% 9 1.9%
26 New Mexico 171 45 19 11.1% 3 1.8%
27 Texas 1,829 665 151 8.3% 32 1.7%
28 Minnesota 798 155 48 6.0% 13 1.6%
29 Indiana 410 221 29 7.1% 6 1.5%
30 Louisiana 366 44 39 10.7% 5 1.4%
30 Arkansas 293 157 40 13.7% 4 1.4%
32 Utah 229 70 13 5.7% 3 1.3%
33 Tennessee 370 134 29 7.8% 4 1.1%
33 Wisconsin 557 221 58 10.4% 6 1.1%
35 Idaho 192 44 23 12.0% 2 1.0%
35 Alabama 388 69 54 13.9% 4 1.0%
35 Georgia 393 262 26 6.6% 4 1.0%
38 Missouri 579 40 41 7.1% 5 0.9%
39 West Virginia 143 58 19 13.3% 1 0.7%
40 South Dakota 168 18 15 8.9% 1 0.6%
40 Kansas 350 59 36 10.3% 2 0.6%
42 Iowa** 427 65 51 n.a. 2 0.5%
no gold or silver Alaska 241 22 12 5.0% 0 0.0%
no gold or silver Hawaii 60 34 8 13.3% 0 0.0%
no gold or silver Mississippi 243 61 36 14.8% 0 0.0%
no gold or silver Montana 170 26 19 11.2% 0 0.0%
no gold or silver North Dakota 143 11 21 14.7% 0 0.0%
no gold or silver Wyoming** 87 14 7 n.a. 0 0.0%
not part of rankings District of Columbia*** 37 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
not part of rankings Nebraska*** 294 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
not part of rankings Oklahoma*** 469 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
  Totals 21,069 8,145 1,925 9.1% 604 2.9%

* Number of schools that, at a minimum, served grade 12, and thus could be expected to award high school diplomas ** States for which student subgroup data were not available for statewide analysis. In each case, schools identified through step 1 were then evaluated on step 3, and the resulting list was then subjected to a by-hand screen of step 2 data using the state's online report card for these schools. *** States for which there was not sufficient state data available for steps 1 and 2 for statewide analysis. Step 3 was still evaluated for the determination of Honorable Mention status.