by S. Purdom
U.S. News and World Report Ranks Murray High School One of Best High Schools in Kentucky and Nation
Murray, Ky., May 5------ The latest U.S. News and World Report ranks Murray High School 10th within Kentucky High Schools and recognizes MHS as one of the best high schools in the nation, receiving a Silver Medal Distinction. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Murray High School is 60 percent. The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 16 percent. Murray High School is the only high school in the Murray Independent.
The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 22,000 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. Among the 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools in Kentucky, Only 27 percent of the schools that U.S. News evaluated earned “Best” status and the eligibility to display a U.S. News-trademarked Gold, Silver, or Bronze 2017 Best High Schools badge. (Murray High School ranked 1153 nationally from more than the 22,000 public high schools in 50 states.)
duPont Manual, Kentucky's number one ranked high school, is in Louisville, in the Jefferson County School District, roughly 50 miles from Frankfort, the state capital. Following DuPont is North Oldham High School, Highlands High School, South Oldham High School, Beechwood High School, Glasgow High School, Brown School, Henry Clay High School, Lafayette High School and Murray High.
One area of focus for the U.S. News & World Report was the Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities provided at each high school. MHS Students have the opportunity to take course work and exams in AP, a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country.
Teresa Speed, MHS principal, said this is a great honor. “I am extremely proud of my students, staff and our community for the support of standards of excellence. We strive every day to meet each and every student’s needs.”
To produce the 2017 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.
RTI implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on these key 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. Reviewing 28,496 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia was the first step. Some schools had to be eliminated from consideration, mainly because they were too small to be analyzed. This reduced the count to 20,487, which is the total number of public high schools across the country that had high enough 12th-grade enrollment and/or sufficient enrollment in other grades during the 2014-2015 school year to be eligible for the rankings.
To calculate national rankings, A four-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.