A Georgia school made the top 10 list of the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, with the state overall placing 19th.
The publication analyzed data for more than 20,000 public high schools and ranked the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology 6th in the nation.
The school ranked 31st last year, and climbed higher as US News & World Report implemented a new method that assigned more weight to six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.
The previous method involved a four-step process, with the final one using college readiness — judged by participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams — as the basis for the numerical rank.
The Gwinnett STEM school was, as in prior years, the top Georgia school. Within Georgia, it was the only Gwinnett school in the state’s top 10.
Cobb County had two high schools — Walton and Lassiter — in Georgia’s top 10. So did Fulton County, with Northview and Chattahoochee high schools. Two other metro Atlanta counties had one each: Lambert High in Forsyth and the DeKalb School of the Arts in DeKalb.
Overall, Georgia ranked 19th among the states based on the proportion of high schools ranked in the top quartile. The state had 106 high schools, or 25.5% in the top quartile. The number one state, Massachusetts, had 167 schools, or 48.8%, in the top quartile.
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