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Westborough Gets 44th on State’s Best High School List

US News & World Report surveyed high schools around the United States for its latest rankings.

Westborough High School. Credit: Patch
Westborough High School. Credit: Patch

US News & World Report released its annual list of the nation’s top high schools and Westborough High School came in 44th for the state of Massachusetts.

Nationally, the school ranked 909th and received a silver medal.

According to the report, in order to be ranked, the magazine teamed up with American Institutes for Research to evaluate schools in three areas: overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, the effectiveness by which the schools educated minorities and those who were economically disadvantaged, and then performance in advanced placement and International Baccalaureate exams. The schools then earned gold, silver, and bronze medals based on the outcome of the analysis.

40 percent of students at Westborough, according to the survey, take AP classes, with 98 percent showing proficiency in English and 94 percent in Math. The school received a college readiness index of 36.7.

The Boston Latin School was first in the state with the Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough coming in second.

Read the full US News & World Report post here.

What do you think of the rankings? Are you surprised? Does it matter? Leave a note in the comment section below. 

joe April 26, 2014 at 07:23 AM
12.5% is the percentage in mass. 44/352. probably similar or better ationally.
Todd Ryan April 26, 2014 at 07:24 AM
According to MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, there are 408 school districts in MA. This means we are in the top 11% in MA. According to The Center for Education Reform there are 13,588 school districts in the US. Being 909/13,588 means we are in the top 7% of schools nationwide.
Todd Ryan April 27, 2014 at 05:41 AM
As a colleague pointed out to me, my numbers are conservative. The number of districts is not equal to the number of high schools as many districts have more than one high school. I have not heard of a district that does NOT have a high school.
joe April 27, 2014 at 08:08 AM
if you drill into the original article, they have 352 cities listed. that was the number that i used in my calc. 11% vs 125.5% is close enough. ref us news and world report.
Todd Ryan April 30, 2014 at 06:51 AM
I wasn't cricitizing your numbers. You'll notice that we posted those within a minute of each other. I was just trying to answer your question in an unbiased fashion. I agree that 11-12.5 makes no difference. I am interested if you think those numbers change your opinion about whether that is a "good" rank or not. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a teacher at the high school.

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