Quaker Valley HS Ranks #1 in Pittsburgh, #10 in PA, According to U.S. News & World Report
Quaker Valley School District is proud to be have the #1 high school in Pittsburgh, #10 in Pennsylvania, and #681 in the nation, according to the latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The list of Best High Schools is the U.S. was released on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
U.S. News & World Report uses a four-step process to determine the Best High Schools. The first three steps ensure the schools serve all students well, using scores from the math and reading sections of state proficiency tests and graduation rates as the benchmarks. For those schools that make it past the first three steps, a fourth step is used to assess the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.
According to U.S. News & World Report, "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."