Three D211 Schools Make ‘Best High Schools’ List

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The annual U.S. News and World Report “Best High Schools” ranking was recently released, and three District 211 schools made the list at both the state and national level.

James B. Conant High School was ranked at No. 35 in the state and No. 848 nationally, William Fremd High School was No. 40 in the state and No. 922 nationally, and Palatine High School was No. 50 and No. 1,340 nationally.

The rankings are conducted by U.S. News in conjunction with American Institutes for Research. The report included 21,776 U.S. public high schools, and 155 Illinois schools to make up the rankings based on the class of 2010. Criteria for rankings are based on state proficiency standards and how well high schools prepare students for college. Three steps were used to evaluate a school for ranking.

The first step is to evaluate if each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state. For schools that made it past the first step, the evaluation considered whether the school’s least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state. The final step, which allows schools to be eligible for national ranking, examines the students’ college-readiness performance using Advanced Placement test data as the benchmarks for success, depending on which program was largest at the school.

All three of the ranked District 211 schools were awarded silver medals, which mean the students perform above average in the state and were numerically ranked No. 501 through No. 2,008 nationally.

To read the full methodology of rankings, please visit the U.S. News & World Report website here.