May 9, 2018 | Bob Myers
The 2018 U.S. News Best High Schools  rankings, released today, can help to identify top-notch schools in our area and see how these schools stack up nationally.  To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold, silver or bronze medal.
Schools are ranked based on their performance on  state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.
The 2018 rankings methodology reincorporated IB data, which were not  available last year. And for the second year, U.S. News used tiebreakers to determine numerical ranks for schools that performed equally in the  final step.

Winston Churchill HS is ranked #1 in the state, with a gold medal, and #113 in the National Rankings.

Thomas S Wootton HS is ranked #3 in the state, with a gold medal, and #168 in the National Rankings

Quince Orchard HS is ranked #5 in the state, with a gold medal, and #243 in the National Rankings

Clarksburg HS is ranked #20 in the state, with a silver medal, coming in #806 in the National Rankings


To create the rankings, U.S. News started with more than  28,800 public high schools across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Five hundred high schools earned gold medals, 2,211 received  silver medals and 3,237 schools scored bronze medals in the national  rankings.
         
U.S. News used a four-step methodology to evaluate high schools and create the rankings, with the help of North Carolina-based research firm RTI International.
         
The first step focused on student performance on  state-mandated math and reading tests during 2015-2016. Schools had to  perform better than statistically expected on these tests in their state, given their student poverty levels, to make it to the next step.  

The second step factored in the testing performance of a school's  historically underserved students – those of black, Hispanic and low-income backgrounds – compared with the state average.
         
The third step took into account a high school's  graduation rate. A school needed to boast a rounded graduation rate of at least 80 percent, which is higher than the threshold used for last  year's rankings – 75 percent.
         
The final step determined if a school's national ranking  was a gold, silver or bronze medal. In this fourth step, U.S. News looked at how well the remaining schools prepared students for college  based on student participation in and performance on AP and IB exams.
         
Without successfully meeting Steps 1-3 as described above, schools were not eligible for the national competition for a gold, silver or bronze medal and don't appear in the rankings.

There are many things to consider when purchasing a home and for many people, schools are at the top of the list.  If you'd like more information about a particular neighborhood, give me a call.  Would love to help you find the home that is perfect for you and your family!

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