U.S. News and World Report today released the 2015 Best High Schools rankings, available exclusively online. To create the 2015 Best High
Schools rankings, U.S. News worked with RTI International, a North Carolina-based research firm. New this year, the Best High Schools
methodology was updated to reduce volatility in the rankings from year to year.
Of the 29,070 U.S. public high schools reviewed and ranked by U.S. News, 100 Virginia schools made the rankings. High school rankings are
differentiated with gold, silver and bronze medals with gold medals indicating the greatest level of college readiness. In this year’s edition
of Best High Schools, 6,517 schools received medals: 500 schools received gold medals, 2,027 schools earned silver, and 3,990 took home bronze.
To determine the Best High Schools national rankings, schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students in each
school performed on state assessments. Schools had to perform better than average to pass, but because of a slight change to the methodology
this year, more schools qualified for the rankings. Then, U.S. News factored in how effectively schools educated their least-advantaged students
– those of black, Hispanic and low-income backgrounds. High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked
nationally, in terms of college readiness. U.S. News and World Report determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level
work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, both of which include college-level
Fluvanna County High School, one of only 100 Virginia schools to make the ranking, earned a Bronze Medal.
“It is truly an honor to be a part of this community of educators and students who continually demonstrate and strive for excellence,” stated
James Barlow, Principal of Fluvanna County High School.
This is the third time that Fluvanna County High School has earned this designation. The High School received Silver Rankings in 2012 and 2013.
In the state rankings, parents and students can compare schools in terms of student-teacher ratios, college readiness, and proficiency on state
math and English assessments. Along with the rankings, U.S. News has published data on more than 21,100 public high schools, which parents can
use to help identify the right school for their child. The information includes student demographics and results on statewide assessments, as
well as AP and IB exams.
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US News Best High Schools and U.S. News Releases 2015 Best High Schools Rankings by Alexandra Pannoni