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Posted on April 28, 2017
The 2017 U.S. News Best High School rankings have been released. USNews stated the rankings include data on more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Listed below is a chart with information on six high schools in Leon county. The ranking methodology used by USNews is listed below the chart.
The information for each high school includes the Florida ranking, the US ranking, the graduation rate, and the college readiness rate.
The rankings show that Chiles High School and Lincoln High School were ranked in the top 500 nationwide and therefore received a USNews gold medal designation.
Florida State University School and Leon High School were ranked 742 and 1072 respectively, and received a silver medal designation.
SAIL received a bronze medal designation based on state exam performance. Schools in this category were not ranked, but rather listed alphabetically.
The USNews report can be reviewed here.
STEP 1 | Students perform better than expected in their state.
We looked at reading and math results for students on each state’s proficiency tests and then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, who tend to score lower.
STEP 2 | Disadvantaged students perform better than state average.
We compared each school’s math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – with the statewide results for these student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than their state averages.
STEP 3 | Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard
We excluded schools from consideration if their graduation rates were lower than 75 percent – a threshold that is higher than a federal law that requires states to give extra resources to schools below 67 percent.
STEP 4 | Students are prepared for college-level coursework.
We calculated a College Readiness Index, which is based on the school’s AP participation rate and how well the students did on those tests. Tiebeakers were used to determine ranks of schools that achieved the same College Readiness Index.