PUHSD Schools Named in U.S. News and World Magazine's Best High School Rankings

Posted by Community Relations Department on 4/30/2014

Franklin Police and Fire High School led a group of five Phoenix Union schools that made the U.S. News and World Magazine’s Best High Schools rankings.  Franklin was designated as a Silver medalist, ranked 32nd in Arizona, and #1721 in the nation.  Bioscience, Maryvale, Metro Tech and North were Bronze medalists.  Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.  The data is from the 2011-12 school year.  Of the 19,400 public high schools analyzed, 4,707 earned medal designations.  The top 500 were Gold, the next 1,519 were Silver, and 2,688 were Bronze.  

The magazine, in partnership with the American Institutes for Research looked at a three-step evaluation: 1) Schools that were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state in math and reading proficiency, factoring in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students; 2) schools performed better than average for similar “least-advantaged” (Black, Hispanic and low-income) students in the state; and  3) a college readiness index, based on a school’s AP or IB participation rate divided by the number of 12th graders. 

In order to win a gold or silver medal, and be numerically ranked, a high school had to pass steps 1 and 2, and have a college readiness index at or above the national median (statistical midpoint) benchmark of 18.17.