SHS Again Ranks Among Best in State, Nation
U.S. News and World Report again ranked Shorewood High School among the top ten high schools in Wisconsin in its most recent rankings, which were released yesterday. In 2013, SHS was the top ranked high school in the state; this year, it is number eight in Wisconsin, and among the top 5% of high schools nationwide.
A large part of the change from 2013 is seen in the high school’s College-Ready Student Performance Index. AP or IB exam participation rates and the percentage of students passing at least one exam determined the rating for this index, as well as the medal (gold, silver or bronze) awarded to top-performing schools. (This year, Shorewood was named a silver medal school.)
In the 2013 rankings, Shorewood High School’s college readiness index was 46.6 (223 students took an AP exam during the 10-11 school year, which was used to determine last year’s ranking); this year, it fell to 34.8 (182 students took an AP exam during the 11-12 school year, which was used to determine this year’s rankings). However, according to state data from the 12-13 school year, the number of students taking AP exams has rebounded, with 282 students taking an AP exam last school year.
The data used to develop this year’s ranking includes bright spots for SHS, however. According to the data used to generate last year’s list, for example, 66% of typically underperforming student subgroups at the high school scored advanced or proficient on WKCE exams; according to the data used to generate this year’s list, that number increased to 75.5%. Additionally, Shorewood’s test score gap between typically disadvantaged students and other students was in the top half of the schools that made up the state’s top-ten, even though Shorewood has larger minority and economically disadvantaged student populations than some of the higher ranked schools on the list.
To develop its rankings, U.S. News and World Report examined data from 19,400 high schools in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. American Institutes for Research worked with U.S. News to create high school rankings in “three phases.” The rankings include participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams, performance of black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students, and overall performance on state standardized tests.
Click here for additional information about how the rankings are calculated.
Wednesday April, 23, 2014 at 07:56PM
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