SPOKANE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
2015 BEST HIGH SCHOOL BRONZE AWARD
In May 2015, we became the recipients of the US News and World Report Best High School Bronze Award for the second year in a row. Recipients are announced in May of each year. US News teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm using comprehensive ranking based on these 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.” The process started with 20,070 public high schools and was reduced to 19,753, which is the total number of public high schools that had high enough 12th grade enrollment and/or sufficient enrollment in other grades during the 2012-2013 school year to be eligible for rankings. A three-step process determines the Best High Schools. The first two steps factored performance on math and reading state proficiency tests as the benchmark. The third step assessed the degree the school prepares students for college-level work.
Step 1: The first step determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for students in their state.
Step 2: For schools passing the first step, the second step assessed whether their disadvantaged students were outperforming disadvantaged students in the state.
Step 3: Schools that made it through the first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college readiness performance
The maximum College Readiness Index (CRI) value is 100. To be numerically ranked a high school had to pass Steps 1 and 2 and have a CRI at or above the median benchmark. Spokane Valley High received the Bronze award – following in the percentage of 20.2 percent of eligible schools. Silver medals were awarded to 10.3 percent, and 2.5 percent of eligible schools received the gold medal.