The outlier, Ohio’s No. 1-ranked public high school, is Walnut Hills, a Cincinnati Public school that only admits student who score high on an entrance exam. That’s somewhat parallel locally to Stivers, a Dayton Public School that admits students based on auditions.
The US News rankings break down this way:
** 40% is tied to how many students take and pass Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests;
** 30% on the school’s state math/reading test scores in context of the school’s poverty/minority demographics;
** 20% on the school’s raw results on state math and reading tests;
** 10% on graduation rate.
“The highest ranked (schools) are those whose students demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading state assessments, earned qualifying scores in an array of college-level exams, and graduated in high proportions,” U.S. News says in explaining its methodology.