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EGR Schools, FHC fall from US News High School Rankings Due to Average Performance

US News Best High Schools East Grand RapidsYesterday, US News & World Report issued its 2013 rankings of the Best High Schools in the United States. Absent from this year’s rankings were East Grand Rapids Public High School and Forest Hills Central High School, schools that were ranked in prior years.

This year, in order to be ranked or to receive gold, silver, or bronze medals, a high school had to pass a couple of preliminary tests. The first test was that the high school’s student reading and math scores needed to be above the high school’s expected performance range, given each school’s percentage of economically disadvantaged students. The ranking methodology sought to level the playing field among high schools and look beyond raw test scores. The initial tests in the methodology helped mitigate the likelihood a school might be rewarded or recognized due primarily to the socio-economic make-up of its student body.

Students from East Grand Rapids High School and Forest Hills Central High School both performed within the average or expected range, given each school’s percentage of economically disadvantaged students. School data cited by US News indicated East Grand Rapids High School and Forest Hills Central High School had 9% and 7% of economically disadvantaged students, respectively.


East Grand Rapids performance in US News Best High Schools Ranking


Students from Forest Hills Eastern High School and Forest Hills Northern High School performed above the expected performance range, given each school’s percentage of economically disadvantaged students (7% and 15%, respectively.) While Forest Hills Eastern High School and Forest Hills Central High School share the same percentage of economically disadvantaged students (7%), Forest Hills Eastern High School students scored slightly higher, pushing them past the expected range of performance.


Forest Hills Eastern and Northern High School Rankings US News

 

Other Recognized Kent ISD Schools

High SchoolMichigan RankNational Rank
Public Schools
Lowell251023
East Kentwood331230
Comstock Park441624
Northview592004
KelloggsvilleN/ABronze
RogersN/ABronze
Wyoming ParkN/ABronze
Magnet Schools
City High School2255

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