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EHS earns Gold Medal rating from U.S. News & World Report

USNewsGold April 26, 2016
Edina High School (EHS) has been ranked 7th in the state in the annual “Best High Schools” list by U.S. News & World Report. EHS is ranked in the top 2.5 percent of the country, earning a Gold Medal rating by the publication.

U.S. News produces the ranking annually and this year used a four-step methodology to rank schools. First, students’ reading and math results on high school proficiency tests were measured against the state average. Next, an assessment of academic results for “disadvantaged” students (black, Hispanic and low-income) compared to statewide results for this group helped determine if the school was “serving all students well.”

For the first time, the school’s graduation rate was an added step in the ranking methodology, based on the following definition of graduation rate: “percentage of first-time ninth-graders who were awarded diplomas four years later.” According to the publication, the 2016 rankings are based on the 2014 cohort of graduates (students who entered ninth grade in the 2010-11 school year.)

Finally, U.S. News judged the schools on college-readiness performance, based on Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test data. It measured “which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students.” In all, the highest scoring 6,218 public high schools in the country were ranked in gold, silver or bronze categories. According to the ranking, the EHS graduation rate is 97 percent and scored 63 in the U.S. News College Readiness Index.

Last year, EHS and most of Minnesota’s more than 500 high schools were missing from the national ranking of U.S. News “Best High Schools” following a glitch in the release of the state’s AP test scores by the Minnesota Department of Education. As a result, only the 20 Minnesota public high schools that offer an IB program were included in the national ranking last year.

“It is rewarding to receive such high rankings in the state and nation from prestigious publications, year after year,” said Bruce Locklear, EHS principal. “It is a direct reflection of the incredible work being done by our students and staff every day, throughout the district. From early education, through elementary and middle school – and with the involvement of families and community -- Edina students benefit from district-wide support.”

Locklear said that while the recognition is gratifying, there is still work to be done. “This ranking is one of multiple measures of student success,” Locklear said. “We are continuing to work to provide all students with access to rigorous opportunities to ensure their success in academics, career and life.”

To learn more about how U.S. News & World Report determines Best High School rankings, click here.