McKinney, Texas - Last week, U.S. News & World Report released its 2020 ranking of the best high schools in the country, and all three McKinney ISD high schools landed high on the list.
McKinney Boyd High School earned an overall score of 92.59 out of 100, placing them in the top 8 percent of high schools in the country. McKinney North High School also ranked in the top 8 percent of schools with an overall score of 92.03. McKinney High School ranked in the top 14 percent of schools with an overall score of 85.99.
The ranking was made up of traditional public high schools—such as the MISD high schools, which serve all students who live within their residential zones—as well as charter schools and magnet schools.
“I am very proud of all three of our high schools,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel. “While we certainly are not defined by a ranking, I am always pleased to see the leadership and staff at our high schools acknowledged for the outstanding work they do in serving all of our MISD students. I am not surprised to see them listed among the best high schools in the country by U.S. News, but one of the qualities that makes this entire district great, is that we always strive to find areas where we can continue to excel more. So, we will celebrate this achievement, even as we continue the work that truly makes MISD a world-class district.”
The study ranked some 17,790 public high schools out of more than 24,000 reviewed. Schools with a twelfth grade enrollment of less than 15 or lacking sufficient enrollment in other high school grades during the 2017–2018 school year were excluded from the evaluation.
U.S. News ranked schools based on percentile scores awarded as an overall measure of performance in six areas: college readiness (30 percent), reading and math proficiency (20 percent), reading and math performance (20 percent), underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth (10 percent), underserved student performance (10 percent) and graduation rate (10 percent). U.S. News pulled information from the U.S. Department of Education, statewide data, College Board (for Advanced Placement data) and International Baccalaureate (IB). U.S. News does not receive data from the schools themselves.
- College readiness served as an indicator of the proportion of each school’s twelfth graders who took and passed AP or IB exams. MISD high schools offer a broad range of AP courses. The AP exam content areas measured by U.S. News were English; math and computer science; sciences; world languages and cultures; history and social science; arts; and AP capstone.
- Reading and math proficiency looked at a school’s results on state assessments compared to state standards.
- By contrast, reading and math performance compared a school’s state assessment scores to what U.S. News predicted based on similar schools in the state.
- College curriculum breadth served as a measure of the percentage of a school’s 2017-2018 seniors who took and passed multiple AP exams.
- Underserved student performance looked at how well minority and low-income students scored on state assessments.
- Graduation rate revealed the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in the 2013-2014 academic year and graduated four years later by 2017-2018.
For more detailed information on how U.S. News calculated scores and ranking, visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings