GEHS RANKS AMONG BEST!
U.S. News & World Report announced today its annual Best High Schools Rankings in the Nation with a two-step state increase for Gardner Edgerton High School. Gardner Edgerton High School was ranked No. 8 in 2012, and received an impressive 2013 ranking of No. 6 among 369 public, charter and magnet schools in Kansas. Gardner Edgerton High School is ranked No. 1,908 out of more than 21,000 high schools nationwide.
Of the 21,000-plus evaluated public, charter and magnet schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia, 2 percent received a Gold Medal; 7 percent received a Silver Medal; 13 percent received a Bronze Medal and 78 percent were Non-Medaled schools. Gardner Edgerton High School was among the elite receiving a Silver Medal Award.
The 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools, available exclusively online, includes school-specific data on enrollment, location, ethnicity, school type, state assessment proficiency tests, and Advanced Placement® and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of this data and a comprehensive methodology, the schools were given a college readiness index score and then numerically ranked and awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals.
To produce the 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR implemented U.S. News' comprehensive rankings methodology, which reflects how well high schools serve all of their students, not just those who are planning to go to college.
The methodology to determine the nation's best public high schools is comprised of three steps. The first two steps ensure that the schools serve all their students well, by using the state proficiency standards as the measuring benchmark. For schools that make it past the first two steps, a third is used to assess "college readiness," or the degree to which schools prepare their students in both participation in and passing of college-level coursework using the Advanced Placement® or International Baccalaureate tests as the standard.
The 2013 top five ranked Kansas schools are No. 1 Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences; No. 2 Blue Valley North High School; No. 3 Blue Valley High School; No. 4 Olathe Northwest High School; and No. 5 Northeast Magnet High School in Wichita.
More detailed information about the U.S. News ranking, including its methodology can be found at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools