Ten Triangle schools received top honors Tuesday from U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools list, with some schools benefiting from changes in in the way the news magazine ranks schools.
Raleigh Charter High School was the top North Carolina school on the list, ranking 37th nationally. It was one of seven local schools that received a “gold medal” to rank in the top 500 nationally in the list.
The six other Triangle “gold medal” schools are Woods Charter in Chatham County at No. 94, East Chapel Hill High at No. 180, Chapel Hill High at No. 199, Durham School of the Arts at No. 338, Carrboro High at No. 357 and Green Hope High in Cary at No. 389.
Three area schools received a “silver medal,” ranking in the top 2,527 nationally: Franklin Academy in Wake Forest at No. 749, Enloe High in Raleigh at No. 854 and Cary High at No. 1088.
North Carolina ranked 35th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the percentage of schools receiving gold or silver medals at 7.3 percent. U.S. News worked with Raleigh-based RTI International to develop this year’s list, which looked at more than 29,000 public U.S. high schools.
U.S. News first evaluated schools based on how they perform on state exams, both overall and with low-income, black and Hispanic students. Schools that make the cut are then evaluated on how they prepare students for college using test data from Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.
But U.S. News made what it called a “slight change” in the methodology by lowering the level at which schools had to perform on state exams. The news magazine said the change resulted in hundreds more schools winning medals this year, including several Triangle schools that didn’t get awards in 2014.
U.S. News said the change, made to reduce year-to-year volatility in the rankings, still required high schools to perform better than average.
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