Wednesday, May 9, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Forest Park, was ranked among the top 10 public high schools in Illinois this year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of schools across the nation.
The magnet school was ranked 8 out of 670 public high schools in Illinois and 261 out of 20,548 public high schools in the country that U.S. News reviewed — good enough for a Gold medal.
This year’s rankings were a significant improvement over last year, when PMSA was ranked 32 in the state and 1,044 nationally, and received a Silver medal. The year before that, they received a Bronze medal.
U.S. News & World Report uses a four-step process to determine Best High Schools. The publication teamed with RTI International, a nonprofit social science research firm based in North Carolina, to produce the rankings.
“The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates as the benchmarks,” according to the methodology explained on the publication’s website.
The first step determines “whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for students in the state.”
U.S. News factored into its assessment of reading and math proficiency the percentage of “economically disadvantaged students — who tend to score lower — enrolled at the schools to identify schools performing much better than statistical expectations.”
To pass the first step, a school had to be “one-third of one standard deviation above the average.”
PMSA’s student body is 47 percent low-income, 94 percent minority, 39 percent male and 61 percent female. The school notched a 70 percent in both math and reading proficiency on U.S. News’ scorecard.
How PMSA performed on U.S. News’s scorecard for measuring the nation’s best high schools. | U.S. News & World Report
The second step in the U.S. News methodology assessed whether a school’s black, Hispanic and low-income students “performed at or better than the state average for historically [under-served] students.”
“For schools passing the first and second step, Step 3 required schools to meet or surpass a benchmark for their graduation rate,” according to the U.S. News website.
How PMSA students compared with students across District 209 and the state in m ath and reading proficiency. | U.S. News & World Report
“Schools that made it through the first three steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step — college-readiness performance — using Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmark for success,” the website continued. VFP
See the full U.S. News & World Report rankings here.
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