Eagle Valley High School ranked in the top 10 percent for the fourth straight year
Eagle Valley High School’s US News & World Report Ranking
2013: 38th of 458
2014: 44th of 363
2015: 43rd of 448
2016: 46th of 468
2013: 2,160 of 21,035
2014: 1,937 of 19,411
2015: 1,780 of 19,753
2016: 1.940 of 19,908
The number of public high schools across the country and in Colorado change with the numbers that had high enough 12th-grade enrollment and sufficient data from the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, & 2013-14 school years to be eligible for the rankings.
Source: “Best High Schools in the US,” US News & World Report
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GYPSUM — Eagle Valley High School is ranked among the nation’s top 10 percent for the fourth straight year by U.S. News & World Report.
Eagle Valley was ranked 46th of 468 Colorado high schools, and 1,940th among 19,908 high schools nationally.
“Our entire school community is proud to be recognized for the fourth year in a row,” said Greg Doan, Eagle Valley principal. “We appreciate that the U.S. News & World Report distinction seeks to honor schools for their excellence in achievement with all cross sections of the student body.”
U.S. News, American Institutes for Research and the global research firm RTI International collected and analyzed data from almost 21,000 high schools from all 50 states and the District of Columbia; 88 Colorado schools made the rankings.
Those evaluations were based, in part, on state proficiency standards for math and reading, and how well they prepare students for college.
That data is weighted by a school’s minority and disadvantaged students.
Of Eagle Valley High School’s more than 800 students, about 54 percent are Hispanic, 43 percent are white, 3 percent are other ethnicities, and 34 percent are on the federally subsidized free and reduced lunch program, which is the benchmark for measuring the percentage of disadvantaged students, who traditionally don’t perform as well on standardized tests, the magazine said.
Schools in affluent areas with largely white student populations might have had higher marks in some U.S. News categories, but Eagle Valley was ranked higher because of the way the data was weighted.
“We’re proud to see that this report acknowledges what we already know — Eagle Valley High School is delivering an exemplary education for our students and preparing them to compete in a globally interconnected world,” said Jason Glass, superintend of Eagle County schools.
Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette was Colorado’s top-ranked high school for the third straight year.
Telluride (ninth), Crested Butte Community School (12th), Steamboat Springs (32nd) and Summit High School (44th) were the only Western Slope high schools ahead of Eagle Valley in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas was again ranked the nation’s top high school.
Colorado School Grades crunches the same numbers without weighting any of the data. Eagle Valley High School got a C in that review, as did Battle Mountain High School.
Colorado School Grades bases its rankings on a straight bell curve and assigns schools a letter grade, a system that indicates most of us are pretty much average.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.