U.S. News & World Report released the Best High School rankings on April 23. The list indicated that four Aldine ISD campuses made the 2013 rankings: Victory Early College High School, Aldine High School, Carver High School, and MacArthur High School.
The 2013 rankings analyzed 21,035 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. This is the total number of public high schools that had 12th-grade enrollment and sufficient data from the 2010-2011 school year to analyze. (Nebraska was the only state that did not report enough data and therefore was not evaluated for any part of the rankings.)
U.S. News & World Report partnered with the Washington, DC-based American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. The ranking methodology used a three-step process was to determine the Best High Schools on a national level. The first two steps ensure that the high schools are successfully educating all students across a range of performance indicators such as state standardized tests.
High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness. U.S. News determined the degree to which schools prepared students for college-level work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, both of which included college-level courses. U.S. News awarded more than 4,805 medals to the top-performing schools.
After first eliminating public high schools that did not meet the methodology requirements, there were 18,196 schools eligible to be included in the 2013 Best High schools rankings. As a result of the three-step rankings process, 26.4 percent of the 18,196 eligible public high schools were awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal: 2,515 high schools (13.8 percent of the eligible schools) were awarded bronze medals; 1,790 high schools (9.8 percent) were awarded silver medals; and 500 high schools (2.7 percent) were awarded gold medals.
One Aldine ISD campus — Victory Early College High School — earned a Gold Award while three campuses — Aldine High School, Carver High School, and MacArthur High School — earned Silver Awards in the 2013 Rankings. Of the schools analyzed, only 2.7% earned gold, 9.8% ranked silver and 13.8% received bronze awards.
It is worth noting that both Aldine High School and MacArthur High School earned Silver Medals in the 2012 rankings. Carver High earned a Bronze in 2007. Both Carver High and MacArthur Senior earned Bronze Medals in 2008. In the 2009 rankings, Carver High and MacArthur Senior earned a Silver Medal and a Bronze Medal respectively. Additionally, Nimitz Senior High School and Eisenhower Senior High School received Bronze Medals in the 2012 Rankings.
Gold Medals went to schools with the highest college readiness index values, which were numerically ranked No. 1 to 500. Only 15 high schools achieved the maximum 100.0 college readiness index. Silver Medals went to the next group of high schools with the highest college readiness indexes and were numerically ranked No. 501 to 2,290 and were the 1,790 Silver Medal winners. An additional 2,515 high schools that passed the first two steps in the methodology were awarded Bronze Medals and are listed alphabetically. A Bronze Medal school either does not offer any AP or IB courses, or its college readiness index fell short of the median (14.8) to be ranked silver.
U.S. News began ranking high schools in 2007 (Years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 y 2013). Starting in 2012, there were several key changes in the Best High School rankings methodology. The changes resulted in more high schools being ranked as gold, silver or bronze in the 2012 and 2013 rankings compared to 2009. However, a high school still needed to be among the top performers in the state and on the national level to be a ranked school.
To read more about the methodology used to select schools and to view the rankings, visit U.S. News website.
(Copyright 2013 U.S. News & World Report, L.P. All rights reserved. Story information from “How U.S. News Calculated the 2013 Best High Schools Rankings” and “New Best High School Rankings Coming April 23” by Robert Morse for U.S. News & World Report.)
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