U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT


U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT NAMES BLUEFIELD HIGH TO LIST OF AMERICA'S BEST HIGH SCHOOLS

PRINCETON, WV, MARCH 5, 2009: Bluefield High School administrators learned recently that the school has been named a bronze-level Top-Performing School by U.S. News and World Report.

Using a formula produced in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 data research and analysis company, evaluators looked at more than 21,069 high schools in 48 states. They determined each school's eligibility by looking at three factors: the performance of students as a whole in reading and math, the performance of economically disadvantaged students in the same core subjects, and the school's practices in preparing students for college, namely Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

U.S. News and World Report Editor Brian Kelly said the magazine's ranking is significant. “High schools are one of the most important institutions in America . How schools do at educating the young people who pass through their doors will have a lot to say about the future of this country.”

Across the nation, only 604 high schools met all three demanding criteria to receive gold or silver distinction. An additional 1,321 schools achieved bronze status for their performance on state tests and progress toward closing the achievement gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students. All combined, the list includes less than 10% of all the schools evaluated.

BHS Principal Joe Turner was both surprised and pleased to hear the school had made the list. Turner attributes the distinction to the high expectations of the Bluefield High School community. “Our staff and parents expect students to perform well and work toward making performing well a reality,” he said.

For the second consecutive year, Thomas Jefferson High in Alexandria, VA – a highly-selective math and science magnet school with low disadvantaged enrollment – topped the list of 100 Gold Level schools. But the list has also included schools like Hidalgo High in Hidalgo, TX, a public school serving a challenging demographic of migrant families.

Based upon the study's three-step analysis, West Virginia had one silver-level Top Performing School –Morgantown High—and eighteen bronze-level performers: Big Creek, Bluefield, Clay County, East Fairmont, East Hardy, Elkins, Gilmer County, Hundred, John Marshall, Matewan, Meadow Bridge, Nicholas County, Philip Barbour, Tolsia, Van, Wayne, Winfield, and Wyoming County East. Montcalm High School was named a bronze-level Top Performing School in December 2007.

Additional information is available at www.usnews.com/highschools.