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America's Top 100 High Schools List: Do You Make The Grade?

Posted Apr 23, 2008 by Nikki Weingartner
The Top 100 High Schools in America have been recognized for their hard work and achievement. Eligible schools from 40 states were in the running and out of nearly 19,000, only 100 made the "A" list. There were several Silver and Bronze medal winners.
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We hear troubling reports of how students across the nation are dropping out or not meeting the graduation quotas set at state levels, but how many reports do we hear about which states have the best schools in the United States?
In a special US News & World Report called America's Best High Schools, theTop 100 Best High Schools In the United States are listed and who made the list is rather interesting.
As far as being GOLD medal winners, that is they are the creme de la creme, California, Florida, Texas and New York seem to be leaders in education.
According to the report, the methodology used to assess the best schools included ALL students, regardless of income levels or disability, and took into account three factors:
1. Performance levels that exceed statistical expectations (relative to poverty levels)
2. Achievement of proficiency based upon least advantaged group that exceed state averages.
3. College preparation measured by student participation in AP classes and scores on AP tests.
Nearly 19,000 schools were evaluated for the list and only 505 met the criteria for the GOLD AND SILVER categories.
A story about the number five place holder on the list, International School of Bellvue in Washington State just goes to show you that these students and teachers are really a cut above the rest in expectation not only for their grades but for what they can achieve.
This good news shines a bright light on specific states like Florida, where lawsuits have been filed by the ACLU for students not meeting alleged graduation quotas. Florida was on the list in several GOLD and SILVER places, as well as BRONZE winning spots.
Congratulations to all of those high schools who worked hard and made the medal winning line-up this year. A collaborative effort was required by all to reach this level of achievement.