Ellington rated in top-ranked high schools for 2019 in Greater Washington
If there’s one thing that Amazon.com Inc.’s impending arrival of HQ2 tells us, it’s that this region must focus on workforce talent.
And for most of us D.C.-area overachievers, that starts early.
Enter the newly released 2019 ranking for top high schools in Greater Washington, courtesy U.S. News & World Report’s annual national lineup. This year, the publication ranked more than 17,000 schools across the country based on six weighted factors that are listed below, and many D.C.-area schools scored highly, a characteristic of our region that attracted Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) in the first place.
Like last year, we scored two local high schools among the national top 100 — and one in the top 10 — though it’s not the same two high schools both years.
The region’s largest school systems have at least one contender in the top 50 locally. But see which systems dominated the list — it was close — and which just barely made it.
Surprisingly, there were significant changes in this year’s top-ranked schools compared with last year. And while the high-performers this year were primarily public schools, you might find a private or charter school scattered in the mix.
As for the criteria that U.S. News used in the 2019 ranking, here’s the breakdown:
- College readiness (30%): The proportions of 12th-graders who took and passed at least one AP or IB exam, with more weight given to passing scores.
- Math and reading proficiency (20%): Aggregated scores on state assessments that students may be required to pass for graduation
- Math and reading performance (20%): How those aggregated scores compare with U.S. News’ expectations given demographic and economic proportions of students
- Underserved student performance (10%): Scores on state assessments aggregated among students who are black, Hispanic and from low-income households, compared to what is typical in the state for underserved students
- College curriculum breadth (10%): Proportions of 12th-graders who took and passed AP and IB exams in multiple areas with more weight given to passing scores
- Graduation rate (10%): Proportion of entering ninth-graders who graduated four academic years later