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MHS Named a Top Ranked High School in Kansas

Post Date:06/06/2018 11:06 AM

Manhattan High School earned a spot on the recently released U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best High Schools ranking.  The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 20,500 public schoolsbadge-best-hs in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. The top 10 high schools in Kansas according to this ranking are:

  1. Blue Valley North, Overland Park, KS (606 national ranking)
  2. Blue Valley, Stillwell, KS (928 national ranking)
  3. Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission, KS (1,171 national ranking)
  4. Blue Valley West, Overland Park, KS (1,252 national ranking)
  5. Blue Valley Northwest, Overland Park, KS (1,326 national ranking)
  6. Manhattan High School, Manhattan, KS (1,567 national ranking)
  7. East High, Wichita, KS (,1845 national ranking)
  8. Olathe Northwest, Olathe, KS (1,932 national ranking)
  9. Shawnee Mission South, Shawnee Mission, KS (1,988 national ranking)
  10. Shawnee Mission Northwest, Shawnee Mission, KS (2,126 national ranking)

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To produce the 2018 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.

RTI implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, 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.

We started by reviewing 28,813 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Some of those schools had to be eliminated from consideration, mainly because they were too small to be analyzed. This reduced the count to 20,548, which is the total number of public high schools across the country that had high enough 12th-grade enrollment and/or sufficient enrollment in other grades during the 2015-2016 school year to be eligible for the rankings.

National Rankings

A four-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

State Rankings

For the second consecutive year, U.S. News used a methodology to enable more qualified schools to be numerically ranked within their own states. As a result, this year in the Best High Schools rankings, 885 bronze medal winners were numerically ranked in their state. Bronze medal winners had to have a CRI value of greater than or equal to 10 to be numerically ranked in their state.

Overall, the 2018 Best High Schools state rankings are based on whether a high school is nationally ranked gold, silver or bronze in their state and has a CRI value of greater than or equal to 10. Bronze medal schools with a CRI value of less than 10 and those without a CRI are listed alphabetically within their state.

If the highest-ranked high school in a state is No. 60 nationally, then that school is also ranked No. 1 in that state; if the second highest-ranked school in that same state is No. 1,201 nationally, then that school is ranked No. 2 in that state.

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