Crescenta Valley High School is ranked 80th in California and 423rd in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 rankings released Tuesday.
Clark Magnet High School is ranked 292 in California and 1,390 in the nation, according to the report.
To determine the rankings, U.S. News reported that it teamed up with American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science organizations in the world.
“AIR implemented U.S. News's comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators,” according to U.S. News.
AIR and U.S. News analyzed 21,776 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia that had 12th-grade enrollment and adequate data to analyze—mostly from the 2009-10 school year.
Crescenta Valley High School’s full academic information is as follows:
- National Rank: 443
- State Rank: 80
- College Readiness Index: 48.4
- Academic Performance Index: 884
- Student/Teacher Ratio: 27:1
Clark Magnet High School’s full academic information is as follows:
- National Rank: 1,390
- State Rank: 292
- College Readiness Index: 24.9
- Academic Performance Index: 889
- Student/Teacher Ratio: 25:1
A three-step process was used to determine the Best High Schools, U.S. News explained. Those that made it past the first two steps were then evaluated by a third step.
To win a gold or silver medal and be ranked, a high school had to pass the first two steps and have a college readiness index at or above the median benchmark (see step three). The 4,887 highest-scoring schools were ranked gold, silver or bronze.
Step 1: Were each school’s students performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state?
Factors: Reading and math results on each state’s high school proficiency tests
Percentage of economically disadvantaged students (who tend to score lower) enrolled at the school to identify the schools that were performing better than statistical expectations.
Step 2: Were the school's least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) performing better than average for similar students in the state?
Factors: Compared math and proficiency rates
Step 3: Are a school’s students college-ready?
Factors: A college readiness index based on how many students participated in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests and how students fared on the tests.
These rankings were based on if a high school is ranked gold or silver nationally and what that ranking is.
U.S News used the example that if the highest-ranked high school in a state is No. 50 nationally, then that school is also ranked No. 1 in that state.
RANKINGS CRITERIA CHANGES
Three main changes were made in how the Best High Schools rankings were determined in 2012, compared to the last edition in December 2009:
- Increased number of medal winning schools that could then be analyzed for rankings.
- More schools were numerically ranked—all the gold and silver medal winners instead of just top 100 gold schools
- Lower college readiness benchmark was used to determine if a school received medal status—16.3 was the 2012 benchmark, compared to 20.0 previously.
What do you think of Crescenta Valley High School or Clark Magnet High School's rankings? Do you think U.S. News & World Report evaluated public high schools fairly? Tell us in the comments.