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HCS High Schools Rank Highly Among State, National Counterparts
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
2017 U.S. Best High Schools
2017 U.S. Best High Schools

26-April-2017 (HCS) - Both Hoover High School and Spain Park High School have made the coveted 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools list. The schools rank 12 (SPHS) and 17 (HHS) respectively, out of the 363 ranked high schools in Alabama. U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings include data on more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

U.S. News partnered with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global social science research firm, to produce this year’s rankings.

A four-step process determined the Best High Schools, according to U.S. News and World Report. The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth 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 students in that state. 

• Step 2: For schools passing the first step, Step 2 assessed whether their disadvantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – performed at or better than the state average for the least-advantaged students.

• Step 3: For schools passing the first and second step, Step 3 required schools to meet or surpass a benchmark for their graduation rate. This is the second year U.S. News has included this step.

• Step 4: Schools that made it through the first three steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance – using Advanced Placement test data as the benchmark for success. AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country.

See full details on RTI International’s methodology in its Analytical Methodology and Technical Appendices Report: