Davidson Fine Arts School ranked in top 100 schools for third year in a row

John S. Davidson Fine Arts School has been ranked in the top 100 public high schools for the third consecutive year in US News & World Report's annual rankings.

Coming in at number 100, the magnet school is the only school in Georgia to make the list, which looks at nearly 22,000 public high schools from 48 states and the District of Columbia. Nebraska and Oklahoma schools did not provide enough data to be considered in the rankings.

The three criteria used in the rankings were:

--Performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given the school’s level of student poverty as measured by state accountability test scores for all students in reading and math

--Proficiency rates on state tests for least advantaged student groups

--Preparation of students for college as measured by student participation and performance on AP or IB exams.

A total of 29 public schools in Georgia were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals in the rankings, including the following area schools:

--John S. Davidson Fine Arts School - Gold Medal, Top 100 School

--A. R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet High School - Silver Medal

--Burke County High School - Bronze Medal

--Washington-Wilkes High School - Bronze Medal

--Screven County High School - Bronze Medal

A gold medal means the school is among the top 100 schools meeting all three criteria. A silver medal means the school also met all three criteria, but was outside the top 100 schools. Bronze medals were awarded to schools meeting the first two criteria, but not the third.

Overall, Georgia ranks 20th in the country according to the program, with 29 of 380 high schools receiving a bronze medal or better. South Carolina came in at number 33, with 22 of 200 high schools awarded a medal. Because the rankings are based on submitted data, only 288 of the 380 Georgia high schools and 137 of the 200 South Carolina high schools were eligible for consideration.

The main page for the rankings is available at the following address:

http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/high-schools/2009/12/09/americas-best-high-schools-gold-medal-list.html?PageNr=1

SCHOOL RANKING DATA

Click the name of each high school for additional data.

A. R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet High School - Silver Medal

Poverty-Adjusted Performance 2.34

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap 25.8

College Readiness Index 38.6

Minority Enrollment 77.6%

Disadvantaged Student Enrollment Not available

Burke County High School - Bronze Medal

Poverty-Adjusted Performance 1.35

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap 11.4

College Readiness Index 20.0

Minority Enrollment 33.5%

Disadvantaged Student Enrollment Not available

John S. Davidson Fine Arts School - Gold Medal

Poverty-Adjusted Performance 1.62

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap 26.3

College Readiness Index 63.0

Minority Enrollment 45.9%

Disadvantaged Student Enrollment Not available

Screven County High School - Bronze Medal

Poverty-Adjusted Performance 1.23

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap 5.3

College Readiness Index Not applicable

Minority Enrollment 54.8%

Disadvantaged Student Enrollment Not available

Washington-Wilkes High School - Bronze Medal

Poverty-Adjusted Performance 1.24

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap 7.5

College Readiness Index Not applicable

Minority Enrollment 58.8%

Disadvantaged Student Enrollment Not available

DEFINITIONS

Poverty-Adjusted Performance: A measure of the 'distance' from statistically expected performance, using the relationship between poverty and the state performance index. Only values of 1 or greater meet the criteria for selection.

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap: The differential between a school's disadvantaged students proficiency rate and the state average for similarly disadvantaged students. Only values greater than zero meet the criteria for selection.

College Readiness Index: A measure of the degree to which students master some college-level material (a weighted average based 25 percent on the AP or IB participation and 75 percent on the quality-adjusted AP or IB participation rates).

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