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District High Schools Named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 List of America’s Best High Schools

The School District of Martin County is proud to announce that Jensen Beach High School (#129 in Florida, #2,323 in the nation), South Fork High School (#190 in Florida, #3,817 in the nation), Clark Advanced Learning Center (#194 in Florida, #4,001 in the nation) and Martin County High School (#239 in Florida, #5,139 in the nation) have been named to U.S. News and World Report's 2019 list of America's Best High Schools.

 

The Best High Schools rankings identify the country's top-performing public high schools. The rankings are designed to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest to lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work.

 

 “I was ecstatic to learn that each of our schools was named to the 2019 list of America’s Best High Schools,” Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord shared.  “The rankings achieved by our schools are a direct reflection of our dedication to our mission of educating all students for success. I am proud of each of our high school students, teachers, administrators and support staff members for this remarkable accomplishment.”

 

 This year's rankings include data on more than 23,000 public high schools throughout the nation. Schools are rated based on the following measures (the weight of each measure is included in parentheses):

 

 

*College Readiness (30% of the ranking): The percentage of 12th graders from the class of 2016-2017 who took at least one AP or IB exam during high school and the percentage of 12th graders who passed at least one AP or IB exam in high school. Passing is weighted three times more than taking.

 

 

*College Curriculum Breadth (10%): The percentage of 12th graders from the class of 2016-2017 who took a wide variety of AP and IB courses across the multiple disciplines and the percentage of 12th graders who passed them. Passing is weighted three times more than taking.

 

 

*Reading and Math Proficiency (20%): Measures how well students scored on state assessments that measure proficiency in reading and mathematics. Passing these assessments can be required for graduation. Examples of assessments include Smarter Balanced in California and STAAR in Texas.

 


*Reading and Math Performance (20%): The difference between how students performed on state assessments and what U.S. News predicted based on a school's student body. U.S. News' modeling across all 50 states and the District of Columbia indicates that the proportions of students who receive subsidized school lunch, are black and are Hispanic are highly predictive of a school's reading and math scores.

 


*Underserved Student Performance (10%): How well students receiving free/reduced-price meals and minority populations perform on state assessments relative to statewide performance among students not in those subgroups.

 


*Graduation Rate (10%): For the 2019 rankings, the graduation rate corresponds to the 2017 graduation cohort who would have entered ninth grade in the 2013-14 school year. The high school graduation rates were collected directly from each state along with the math and reading assessment data.

 

For more information about the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 List of America’s Best High Schools, please click here.