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CMCSS Doubles Number of High Schools on ‘Best’ List

April 26, 2017

Please note: This article was originally published on 4/26/2017. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

Four CMCSS High Schools were named this week to the 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, with one awarded silver and three earning bronze medals.

Rossview High School was 24th out of Tennessee’s 480 public high schools, with Northwest High, Kenwood High and Montgomery Central High holding the rankings of 37th, 38th and 39threspectively.  Rossview received a silver award with the other three earning bronze. In last year’s rankings, only Kenwood High and Middle College High School at Austin Peay were included in the medal winning list.

“This accomplishment signifies the work of our high school administrators and teachers, along with our students, their families, and this community. From graduation rates to offering quality academic programming, everyone is committed to ensuring our students are college and career ready,” said CMCSS Schools Director B.J. Worthington.

Of the Tennessee schools in the 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, seven were awarded gold medals, 19 earned silver medals and 98 received bronze medals.

Nationally, the U.S. News report uses the following criteria:

·       STEP 1 | Students perform better than expected in their state.

Reading and math results for students on each state’s proficiency tests and then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, who tend to score lower.

·       STEP 2 | Disadvantaged students perform better than the state average.

A comparison of each school’s math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – with the statewide results for these student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than their state averages.

·       STEP 3 | Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard

Schools were excluded from consideration if their graduation rates were lower than 75 percent – a threshold that is higher than a federal law that requires states to give extra resources to schools below 67 percent.

·       STEP 4 | Students are prepared for college-level coursework.

A College Readiness Index calculation, which is based on the school’s AP participation rate and how well the students did on those tests. Tiebreakers were used to determine ranks of schools that achieved the same College Readiness Index.