US News & World Report have come out with their 2018 national school rankings this week and three Washington high schools ranked among the Top 100 in the nation.
Bellevue, WA – After evaluating over 20, 500 public high schools U.S. News compiled their list of the best in the country – those that best served all students and excelled at college readiness, ie whether graduating students were prepared for college-level work. In total, nine Washington schools received a gold medal, 38 received silver, and 41 schools received bronze. The Bellevue School District was at the top in the “gold” rankings with three out of nine gold school medals.
Rankings were determined using a variety of data, including the Common Core of Data, College Board and the International Baccalaureate programs.
Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students,Anita Narayan, Managing Director of Education at U.S. News
Partnering with the research firm RTI International, U.S. News used a four-step process: First, they determined whether students were performing better than statistically expected in the state and, secondly, whether minority students were performing at or better than the state average for minority students. The third step required schools to meet or surpass a certain graduation benchmark and the final step was to determine college readiness.