June 2, 2014

The Carroll, Audubon, Coon Rapids-Bayard and Jefferson-Scranton school districts all received a bronze award in the 2014 U.S. News and World Report's "Best High School" rankings this spring.

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to the publication's website, schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

Carroll's statistics reveal 90 percent of students proficient in math, 87 percent proficient in reading and a 15:1 student-teacher ratio.

In Audubon, 98 percent of students are proficient in math, 90 percent are proficient in reading and the student to teacher ration is 14:1.

In the Coon Rapids-Bayard district, 87 percent of students are proficient in math and reading, and there is one teacher for every 10 students.

At Jefferson-Scranton, 83 percent of students are proficient in math, 92 percent are proficient in reading and there are 11 students for every teacher.

Across the state, 86 of Iowa's 349 high schools received bronze awards and 12 schools received silver standing.

Specific measures used to compile the rankings included whether a school's students scored higher than state averages on national assessments, whether specific subgroups such as African American, Hispanic or low socioeconomic status students scored comparable to their peers statewide on national assessments and Advanced Placement test data.