EHS receives national ranking

From Press, Staff Reports

Eupora High School has been ranked in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools.”

Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college and other factors.

To produce the 2012 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington-based American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.

AIR implemented U.S. News’ comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

The magazine evaluated nearly 22,000 schools nationwide that had sufficient data, primarily from the 2009-10 school year.

A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured 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.

Schools were judged nationally on the final step — college-readiness performance — using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmarks for success, depending on which program was largest at the school. AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country. The IB program also offers a college-level curriculum.

The third step measured which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students. This was done by computing a “college-readiness index” based on the school’s AP or IB participation rate and how well the students did on those tests.

In total, U.S. News nationally ranked the 4,877 highest-scoring schools as gold, silver or bronze. Schools with highest unrounded CRI values were numerically ranked from No. 1 to No. 500 and were the gold medal winners. The next group of high schools with the highest unrounded CRIs were numerically ranked No. 501 through No. 2,008 and were the silver medal winners.

EHS Overview Eupora High was among an additional 2,869 high schools that passed the first two steps in the methodology and were awarded bronze medals. Those schools were listed alphabetically on usnews.com’s Best High Schools section of its Education blog.

No school in Mississippi received a gold medal and only one, Pass Christian High School, was awarded a silver medal. All other top- ranked Mississippi schools were awarded a national bronze medal.

A bronze medal school either does not offer any AP or IB courses, or its CRI was less than the median of 16.3 needed to be ranked silver. The college-readiness index listed for EHS was 7.8, which is near the Mississippi average.

As determined by student results on the school’s Subject Area Testing Program, data showed that 65 percent of total students tested were proficient in English and 76 percent were proficient in algebra at EHS.

At Eupora High, students have the opportunity to take AP coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Eupora High is 21 percent. The student body makeup is 53 percent male and 47 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 42 percent.

On the Web: www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools