May 5, 2016
Spring Lake Park High School (SLPHS) has been ranked 38th out of 760 Minnesota high schools in the 2016 “Best High Schools” list by U.S. News and World Report magazine. In addition, SLPHS was designated as a Silver Medal School and ranked in the top 14 percent of the 19,908 eligible high schools from across the country.
“We are very pleased with our ranking as one of the top high schools in the state,” said Jane Stevenson, SLPHS principal. “This high ranking is a reflection of the enthusiastic approach to learning among many of our students, and the commitment and dedication of our staff at the high school and across the district.”
U.S. News and World Report produces the ranking annually and this year used a four-step methodology to rank schools. First, students’ reading and math results on state tests were measured against the state average. Next, an assessment of academic results for African-American, Hispanic and low-income students was compared to statewide results for this group of students to determine if a school was “serving all students well.”
For the first time, the school’s graduation rate was an added step in the ranking methodology, based on the following definition of graduation rate: “percentage of first-time ninth grade students who were awarded diplomas four years later.” According to the magazine, the 2016 rankings are based on the 2014 cohort of graduates, or students who entered ninth grade in the 2010-2011 school year. Finally, schools were judged on college-readiness performance, based on Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test data. It measured “which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentage of their students.”