WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. News & World Report, the leading source of education rankings and news, released today the 2013 Best High Schools rankings at www.usnews.com/best-high-schools. The new rankings will include comprehensive profiles on more than 21,000 public high schools and rankings of the nation’s 4,805 highest-scoring schools.
The 2013 Best High Schools, available exclusively online, includes school-specific data on location, enrollment, ethnicity, school type and results of state assessment proficiency tests and Advanced Placement® and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of this data and a comprehensive methodology, U.S. News gave each school a college readiness index score, then numerically ranked and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.
“A good high school education is vital to preparing a student for moving on to college or to entering the workforce,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report. “The new 2013 Best High Schools rankings will help both students and parents wade through the increasing public school options available.”
To produce the 2013 Best High Schools, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR implemented U.S. News's comprehensive rankings methodology, which reflects how well high schools serve all of their students, not just those who are planning to go to college.
The methodology to determine the nation’s best public high schools is comprised of three steps. The first two steps ensure that the schools serve all their students well, by using the state proficiency standards as the measuring benchmark. For schools that make it past the first two steps, a third is used to assess “college readiness,” or the degree to which schools prepare their students in both participation in and passing of college-level course work using the Advanced Placement® or International Baccalaureate tests as the standard. For more information on the methodology and rankings, go to www.usnews.com/highschoolmeth.
2013 Best High Schools Rankings
*For the full list of Best High Schools rankings, visit www.usnews.com/best-high-schools
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