Last week, U.S. News and World Report released their annual ranking of the nation’s best high schools. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on student performance on state assessments, preparing all students for success, graduation rates, and college readiness indicators. Click here for more detailed information regarding the report’s ranking methodology.
The top 500 ranked high schools in the nation received gold medals. No high school in Nebraska fell into this category. Of the 267 Nebraska high schools included in the report, two earned a silver medal: Elkhorn South (#650 in the nation) and Elkhorn (#1785 in the nation). Eighty-nine Nebraska high schools received a bronze medal. Click here to see the Nebraska high school rankings.
The report ranks states overall based on the percentage of high schools receiving a gold or silver medal. South Dakota did not provide enough data to be included in the state by state comparison. Of the remaining 49 states and the District of Columbia, Nebraska ranked last, with 0.8% of the state’s high schools earning a top ranking. Strong education reform states, such as Florida and Massachusetts, had among the highest percentage of gold and silver medal high schools (21% in both FL and MA). Click here to see the state by state rankings.
Of the roughly fifty million students attending public K-12 schools in America, more than 2.6 million attend a public charter school. While this accounts for only 5% of all students, public charter schools account for 34 of the top 100 high schools in the United States, according to the report. Nebraska is one of only seven states in the country without a charter school law.