By Lisa Capobianco
Southington High School reached to the top on a national scale, as it recently was included in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings.
The report, which involved a three-step process to determine the results, ranked Southington High number 34 out of over 200 best high schools in Connecticut. U.S. News teamed up with the American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations worldwide that is based in Washington D.C. to identify the best public high schools.
“This was based on many factors including the percentage of students who are taking AP classes, and the students who score a three or higher on the AP exams,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools Karen Smith during a recent school board meeting. “We’re very proud of them.”
Initially, 31,242 public high schools were analyzed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to an article reported on the U.S. News website. The report then reduced that number to 19,411 schools, which equal the total number of public schools nationwide that had enough 12th grade enrollment and sufficient data from the 2011-2012 school year to be eligible for the rankings. To select the best high schools, the first two steps of the process used performance on state proficiency tests as indicators. Once the schools surpassed the first two steps, a third step evaluated the degree to which students were prepared for college-level work, according to U.S. News. The report indicated a 33 percent AP participation rate at Southington High.
School board member Jill Notar-Francesco said Southington High was the only high school represented from its District Reference Group (DRG) D in the report.
“This was a phenomenal recognition—it is the first time we are in this category,” said Notar-Francesco during the meeting. “I’m very proud of the high school.”
To view the complete report, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings?int=974b08.