US News & World Report released its annual list
of the nation’s top high schools and Westford Academy came in at 42nd for the
state of Massachusetts.
That ranking is down from 27th two years ago but still earned a silver rating. Nationally, WA came in at 843rd.
According to the report, in order to be ranked, the magazine teamed up with American Institutes for Research to evaluate schools in three areas: overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, the effectiveness by which the schools educated minorities and those who were economically disadvantaged, and then performance in advanced placement and International Baccalaureate exams. The schools then earned gold, silver, and bronze medals based on the outcome of the analysis.
Forty percent of students at WA, according to the survey, take AP classes, with 99 percent showing proficiency in English and 97 percent in Math. The school received a college readiness index of 38.1.
Read the full US News & World Report post here.
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