To qualify for the list, campuses had to finish among the top 40% of 17,245 public high schools analyzed nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, an online news service that published a magazine of the same name for decades.
“The ‘Best High Schools’ rankings identify the country’s top-performing public high schools,” U.S. News explained on its website.
“The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve their students – from the highest to lowest achieving,” U.S. News added, “in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work.”
Unlike last year, high schools that made the national list were not placed into categories of Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners. They were given a numerical state and national ranking, however, which can be checked here.
U.S. News & World Report has been issuing an annual best high schools for numerous years, but its methodology was “entirely revamped” for 2019, so year-to-year comparisons cannot be made.
The new “Best High Schools” list is based on data related to student performance on state Reading and Math testing, graduation rates, college readiness, and achievement by disadvantaged students.
All four of NUSD’s nationally recognized schools this year – LGA, Inderkum, NP3 and Natomas Charter – had made the U.S. News & World Report “Best High Schools” list in one or more previous years.
“Education drives the country’s future,” U.S. News said of its rankings. “Recognizing schools that are performing well and providing them as models to other schools will inspire educators and communities to do better.”
To produce this year’s rankings, U.S. News teamed with RTI International, a North Carolina-based global nonprofit social science research firm. Data from the U.S. Department of Education, state education agencies, College Board (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) was used for the analysis.