In a recent national study in U.S. News and World Report magazine Goshen High School received some special recognition. Goshen High school was the top rated school in Elkhart County, 12th best in the state of Indiana, and in the top 5% nationally.
U.S. News & World Reported examined 21,766 high schools across the nation. Goshen ranked 1,268. The top five-hundred schools were the Gold medal winners. Those rated N. 501 through 2,008 were the Silver medal winners. We should all be very proud of how Goshen High School ranked in the national review.
USN&W utilized a three-step process as they determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools served their entire students well, using proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which the schools prepared students for college-level work. The three step process looks like this:
* Step 1: The first step determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state. They started by looking at reading and math results for all students on each state’s high school proficiency tests. They then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students (who tend to score lower) enrolled at the school to identify the schools that were performing better than statistical expectations.
* Step 2: For those schools that made it past this first step, the second step determined whether the school’s least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state. They compared each school’s math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students with the statewide results for these student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than this state average.
* Step 3: Schools that made it through the first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step-college-readiness performance-using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmarks for success, depending on which program was largest at the school. AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country. The International Baccalaureate program also offers a college-level curriculum.
A special thanks to the Goshen Community Schools, parents, and students for a job well done. Goshen Schools is one of those uncommonly great assets that make Goshen someplace special and a place we can be proud to call home.
David Daugherty, President • Goshen Chamber of Commerce
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