There are three possible medals. Please note that 70.5% of schools did not receive any medals, as delineated below:
· Gold: Top 500 Schools based on highest college readiness (2.4% of all schools)
· Silver: High-performing schools based on lower college readiness (10.3% of all schools, including Sylmar Charter High School!)
· Bronze: High-performing schools based on state exam performance (16.8% of all schools0
In comparison to all schools, here is how we did:
· #2363 in National Rankings
· #454 among California High Schools
· #281 among Magnet High Schools
Here is how the rankings are calculated:
· STEP 1 | Students perform better than expected in their state.
They looked at reading and math results for students on each state's proficiency tests and then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students.
· STEP 2 | Disadvantaged students perform better than state average.
They compared each school's math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students with the statewide results for these student groups, and then selected schools that were performing better than their state averages.
· STEP 3 | Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard
They excluded schools from consideration if their graduation rates were lower than 75 percent - a threshold that is higher than a federal law that requires states to give extra resources to schools below 67 percent.
· STEP 4 | Students are prepared for college-level coursework.
They calculated a College Readiness Index, which is based on the school's AP participation rate and how well the students did on those tests.
You can read the full story here: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools