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Greeneville High Ranked In Top 20 Of Tenn. Schools

May 17–

Article and photo courtesy of The Greeneville Sun.
Written by Sarah Gregory, staff writer, and published May 15, 2013.

Greeneville High School was recently named to a list of the top 20 schools in Tennessee — including charter and magnet schools — by national publication U.S. News and World Report.
GHS was ranked number 18 in Tennessee and number 1,571 nationally of more than 21,000.

3-Step Evaluation
U.S. News and World Report teamed up with the American Institutes for Research, based in Washington D.C., to evaluate high schools based on a three-step process.

In the first step, schools were evaluated on whether or not they perform better than statistically expected for the average student in the state.

Reading and mathematics proficiency test results were used in this determination.

Then, the percentage of economically disadvantaged students enrolled at the school were taken into account.

After making it past the first step, schools were then judged on a second set of criteria to determine whether the least advantaged students — such as low-income students — were performing better than their state peers in math and reading proficiency.

Schools excelling in the first two steps, such as GHS, were then eligible to be judged nationally on college-readiness criteria using test data from Advanced Placement college-level courses.

Data from 2011 was used in the 2013 list’s evaluation process.

Silver Medal School
After the three-step evaluation, GHS came out in the number 18 spot for the state of Tennessee and the number 1,571 spot nationwide.

The school was also named a Silver Medal school for its high level of achievement.

On the ranked list, U.S. News and World Report compared the schools’ student/teacher ratios, college readiness levels, and student proficiency in algebra and English.

GHS was reported with a 14-to-1 student/teacher ratio, having 878 students and 61 teachers.

The school had 24 percent of students test in Advance Placement courses.

GHS students were 67 percent proficient in algebra and 64 percent proficient in English.

A Source Of Pride
Dr. Linda Stroud said she is “extremely proud” of the honor.

Stroud was GHS principal during 2011 — the year used in the list’s evaluation.

“We are extremely proud of the students and teachers throughout our entire school district who contributed to this wonderful honor,” she said.  “This designation as one of the top public high schools in the state represents years of work by everyone in a school system.  We are particularly pleased that this award based on 2011 data places GHS among the most elite high schools across Tennessee, including magnet and charter schools.

“I commend our students, teachers, and families who work together to make Greeneville City Schools a very special place to prepare for successful futures.”