Ashby Secondary School has been awarded the Bronze Medal for Best High School by the US News.
The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
A three-step process is used to determine the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensure that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.
• Step 1: The first step determined whether each school's students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state in reading and math for all students on each state's high school proficiency tests.
• Step 2: For those schools that made it past this first step, the second step determined whether the school's least-advantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – were performing better than average for similar students in the state in both math and reading.
• Step 3: Schools that made it through the first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance – using Advanced Placement test data as the benchmarks for success.
2014 Academic Standards for Ashby Secondary School:
National Rank Bronze
Math Proficiency 2.6
Reading Proficiency 3.1
Student/Teacher Ratio 10:1