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LO schools make national US News list

Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High also among best in state


Lakeridge mistakenly was left off the US News & World Report Best High School rankings last year, but this year both of Lake Oswego’s High Schools made the 2014 list — deemed as exceptional nationally and among the best in the state.

The rankings, released Tuesday, named Lake Oswego High School as a Gold Medal School, ranked fourth in the state and 388th in the nation; and Lakeridge High School as a Silver Medal School, ranked sixth in the state and 797th in the nation. The schools for years have medaled and received a ranking with the exception of what happened to Lakeridge in 2013, an error occurring when data for the ranking passed from state officials to U.S. News.

Every year, U.S. News releases rankings for high schools, colleges, universities and graduate schools, a list many people use to choose their educational institutions. U.S. News partners with Washington, D.C.-based research organization American Institutes for Research to judge high schools on factors including advanced placement scores, state testing scores, how well a school serves all students and how well a school prepares students for college.

“Congratulations to the students and staff at our comprehensive public high schools for these high rankings, and for the broad level of academic success and college readiness they indicate,” said Nancy Duin, Lake Oswego School District spokeswoman.

A few of the other schools receiving top state rankings in Oregon are: International School of Beaverton, first; Corbett School, second; Corbett Charter School, third; and Lincoln High School of Portland, fifth.

The 2014 U.S. News annual report evaluated more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Earning a national ranking is a distinction with most schools receiving an analysis but no ranking. The list ends with No. 2,019, Vashon Island High School in Washington.

A few select schools also receive gold, silver, or bronze medals. About 73 percent of schools did not medal this year; 9 percent got silver; and 3 percent earned gold.

For last year’s ranking, the state testing scores Lakeridge was judged on were so high, something went amiss, and the school ended up not being ranked, though LOHS was a Gold Medal High School ranked second in the state.

The Oregon Department of Education does not report the exact percentage of students with scores of 95 percent or more, a policy adopted to keep in line with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

In 2013, more than 95 percent of Lakeridge students met or exceeded state testing standards for reading and math, according to the Lake Oswego School District. Almost 95 percent of Lake Oswego High school students met or exceeded standards in reading and 90 percent did so in math.

U.S. News officials said the problem was with how Oregon Department of Education provided state-testing data used to inform rankings.

Kevin Hamler-Dupras, O.D.E. accountability reporting manager, said state officials have been presenting the same data to U.S News in the same way for years.

To view for the full 2014 U.S. News High Schools rankings, visit usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.



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