US News & World Report has released its 2017 Best High Schools rankings. This annual report evaluates public high schools nationwide. Schools are ranked and may be awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on student performance on state assessments, and the percentage of seniors who were tested and passed Advanced Placement exams. This year’s rankings used data from the 2014-15 school year.
Lakeridge High School achieved a #3 ranking among Oregon schools – its highest ever – and was awarded a silver medal. “Congratulations to the staff, students and parents at Lakeridge High,” said Superintendent Heather Beck. “This achievement is a reflection of focused efforts to address the educational needs of all students, and to ensure that students are enrolling and succeeding in challenging courses. The Pacer community should take great pride in this ranking.”
Lake Oswego High School, which has always ranked highly among Oregon schools and nationally, was unranked this year. This outcome was not unanticipated. The data used in this year’s rankings is from the 2014-15 school year, when new Oregon state assessments were initiated. Each year since that time, a significant percentage of LOHS families have chosen not to have their 11th-grade students take state assessments. Primarily for this reason, LOHS scores were lower than those of similar schools and significantly lower than what would be expected. LOHS did not pass the first step in the methodology used by US News to evaluate student performance, and was therefore ineligible for a ranking.
“It is disappointing not to see Lake Oswego High School recognized this year, because we are aware that these rankings are used frequently by real estate agents and families who are relocating to learn about school quality and to find homes near highly-rated schools,” said Dr. Beck. “However, it’s important to note that this outcome is not an indication that the education students are receiving at LOHS is any less rigorous or effective than it has been in the past. LOHS is an outstanding school, with thriving students who excel in many domains, including on the SAT, ACT and AP exams.”