U.S. News has released its list of top high schools and several local schools made the cut, including schools from Roanoke, Craig and Bedford counties. The list, not to be confused with the Washington Post’s own list of the best of the best (more on that later), ranks schools nationally and statewide.
The methodology, which can be a bit dizzying, goes through three steps. The first looks at whether the school’s students are performing better than “statistically expected for the average student in the state.”
Schools that pass the first hurdle are then looked at to see if its least-advantaged students perform “better than average for similar students in the state.” And finally schools that make it through the first two rounds have their Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data scrutinized to look at college readiness.
Still with me?
These are the local schools to make the cut:
– Cave Spring High School in Roanoke County: 33rd in the state, 851st in the nation.
– Glenvar High School in Roanoke County: 43rd in the state, 1,778th in the nation.
– Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke County: 22nd in the state, 561st in the nation.
– Craig County High School in Craig County: 46th in the state, 1,971st in the nation.
– Jefferson Forest High School in Bedford County: 36th in the state, 1,001st in the nation.
(In case you’re wondering Cave Spring narrowly beat out my alma mater Mills E. Godwin High School, which placed 34th in the state.)
What do you think about school rankings?
I have often wondered how valuable it is to rank schools and whether the methodology definitively says how well schools are performing. School rankings are likely a piece of a school’s story.
Thoughts? Are such ratings a good measure of performance? Are other factors important to consider? Are you tired of rankings or maybe you’d like to see more? Are there local schools that you think should have made the list?