Ten local schools were recently recognized nationally by the U.S News & World Report.
The U.S. News & World Report ranked more than 22,000 schools recently. They awarded the top schools a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal. The top 500 schools were given a Gold ranking based on their highest levels of college readiness. High performing schools that has a lower college readiness score were given Silver rankings. High ranking schools that were given a Bronze ranking were done so based on their state exam performance. The U.S. News & World Report followed four steps when ranking schools.
- They looked at the Mathematics and Reading results on the State proficiency test and factored in the percentage of disadvantaged students that typically tend to score lower on the tests.
- Each schools Mathematics and Reading scores for disadvantaged students were compared with State-wide results. Schools that scored above the State averages were selected for Gold, Silver and Bronze rankings.
- Schools that had graduation rates lower than 75% were excluded.
- Ranked remaining schools on their college readiness index.
The ten local schools that were recognized are Beecher City, Charleston, Cowden-Herrick, Richland County, Jasper County, Mattoon, Neoga, Robinson, Shelbyville, and Palestine.