Five Louisville schools are among the state’s best according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” list:
• DuPont Manual: #1
• Brown School: #2
• Ballard: #6
• Eastern: #8
• Louisville Male: #9
Manual and Brown are the only Kentucky schools ranked among the top 200 nationally. Ballard, Eastern, and Male are ranked among the top 1,000 nationally.
U.S. News analyzed 21,776 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. This included all public high schools with 12th grade enrollment and sufficient data, primarily from the 2009-2010 school year.
Here’s how U.S. News decides the rankings, according to its website:
Step 1: The first step determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state. We started by looking at reading and math results for all students on each state’s high school proficiency tests. We then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students (who tend to score lower) enrolled at the school to identify the schools that were performing better than statistical expectations.
Step 2: For those schools that made it past this first step, the second step determined whether the school’s least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state. We compared each school’s math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students with the statewide results for these student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than this state average.
Step 3: Schools that made it through the first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step—college-readiness performance—using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmarks for success, depending on which program was largest at the school. AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country. The International Baccalaureate program also offers a college-level curriculum.