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U.S. News and World Report Releases High School Rankings

The U.S. News and World Report has released the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools ranking and four top performing Knox County High Schools made the list, meaning they were ranked higher than 2,763 other high schools in the nation. Of the Tennessee schools on the list, six were awarded gold medals and 21 earned silver medals.

L&N STEM Academy—with a CRI value of 61.9—ranked number 6 state-wide and number 341 nationally, earning a gold medal.

Earning silver medals were: Farragut High School, ranked number 13 state-wide and number 1483 nationally; Hardin Valley Academy, ranked number 18 state-wide and number 1744 nationally; and Bearden High School, ranked number 23 state-wide and number 2066 nationally.

North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, use U.S. News’ comprehensive rankings methodology based on 2 key principles—that a great high school must serve all of its students, not just those who are college bound, well; and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators—to determine the rankings. High schools were also required to meet or exceed a national standard high school graduation rate and were assessed on the degree to which a school’s students were prepared for college-level work (known as the College Readiness Index) before it could be considered a top-performing school and be ranked at the national level. The gold, silver, and bronze medal rankings were based on the state assessment performances, graduation rates, and student college readiness of more than 21,000 public high schools across our 50 states and the District of Columbia.