In its latest rankings announced last week, U.S. News & World Report has named Gardner Edgerton High School among the top high schools in the state of Kansas. Gardner Edgerton was ranked No. 8 among 351 public, charter and magnet schools in Kansas, and ranked No. 1,798 out of 22,000 high schools nationwide.
The 2012 U.S. News Best High Schools, available exclusively online, includes school-specific data on enrollment, location, ethnicity, school type, state assessment proficiency tests, and Advanced Placement® and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of this data and a comprehensive methodology, the schools were given a college readiness index score and then numerically ranked and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals.
To produce the 2012 U.S. News Best High Schools, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR implemented U.S. News’ comprehensive rankings methodology, which reflects how well high schools serve all of their students, not just those who are planning to go to college.
The methodology to determine the nation’s best public high schools is comprised of three steps. The first two steps ensure that the schools serve all their students well, by using the state proficiency standards as the measuring benchmark. For schools that make it past the first two steps, a third is used to assess “college readiness,” or the degree to which schools prepare their students in both participation in and passing of college-level course work using the Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests as the standard.
Based on the results of the three step evaluation, U.S. News ranked the top 4,813 schools. The top 500 schools received a Gold Medal distinction; schools numbered 501 through 1,971 received a Silver Medal; and schools numbered 1,972 through 2,842 received a Bronze Medal.
More detailed information about the U.S. News ranking, including its methodology can be found at