US News and World report ranks Tampa Bay high schools

Ellen Mills
April 26, 2017

U.S. News ranked nationally the 6,041 schools that scored highest. Of 136 eligible high schools in Utah, three received gold awards, 18 received silver awards and two received bronze awards.

Each year, the publication U.S. News and World Report unveils its rankings of the best high schools in the country. Elizabeth Public Schools, which divided its high school into six different academies, placed two high schools in the state's top 25.

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"When we focus on the students needs as teachers or the community I think we are always going to do the best and we are always going to do the right thing, and I think Lawton High has just proven that today in fantastic ways", Deighan said.

U.S. News & World Report says graduation rates were also a major factor in its methodology.

She said the school had a 100 percent graduation rate previous year and has put in supports for students.

To be ranked numerically nationally, schools had to pass steps 1-3 and have a college readiness index of 20.91 or above. The number one high school in the country is Basis Scottsdale, a charter school in Arizona.

Additionally, Arizona made up half of the top 10 schools in the USA, with Basis Scottsdale ranking first, Basis Peoria coming in fifth and Basis Chandler placing seventh.

U.S. News and RTI National, a research firm, looked at more than 22,000 public high schools in the United States and awarded 2,609 of them with gold, silver or bronze medals to indicate their ability to make students college-ready.

- More than 95 percent of all students were deemed as "college ready" after four years, with a graduation rate of 100 percent. Schools making the cut was based on college-readiness performance determined by Advanced Placement test data and participation. Maryland was also a state where suppression of test data had a large impact on the final outcome, according to U.S. News & World Report education writer Robert Morse.

Charter schools are public schools run by non-governmental boards.

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