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  • Truman High ranked among Missouri's best

  • For the second consecutive year, Truman High School has been ranked among the best in the state.

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  • For the second consecutive year,  Truman High School has been ranked among the best in the state.
    Truman was ranked 16th in Missouri in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best High School Rankings. Only seven schools in the Kansas City area were listed as top 20 schools: Park Hill, sixth; Lee’s Summit West, 10th; Lincoln-College Preparatory Academy, 11th; Park Hill South, 13th; Lee’s Summit North, 15th and Lee’s Summit High School, 20th.
    Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis ranked first in the state. Truman only fell one stop from its 2012 ranking, which was 15th. Nationally, Truman ranks 1,558.
    “This is a wonderful recognition to receive and is a tribute to the hard work of our staff and students,” said Kristel Barr, principal at Truman High School. “I believe it shows the quality of our community and the dedication of our families to quality public education.”
    The national magazine evaluates more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states as well as the District of Columbia. Schools are chosen for the list based on how well a high school meets the needs of all of its students, not just those who are college-bound. They must also be able to produce measurable academic outcomes in order to show that a high school is successfully educating its students.
    “Truman High is ranked 16th within Missouri. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams,” said the overview on U.S. News and World Report’s website. “The AP participation rate at Truman High is 39 percent.”
    The website also indicates that 78 percent of the student population at Truman is proficient in English and 70 percent are proficient in Algebra.
    Once all of the eligible high schools have been analyzed, gold, silver and bronze awards are given to schools based on how well they have met state proficiency standards and how well students are prepared for college. The magazine teams up with American Institute for Research, which is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world, to determine the rankings. College readiness is determined based on the participation rate of students in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs and how well they did on those exams. How well certain populations of students, such as low income, black or Hispanic, performed on state testing was also taken into consideration.
    To be eligible for a state ranking, schools must be awarded either a gold or silver medal. Truman High School received a silver medal.
    “We have staff members who are dedicated to doing what is best for students and spend countless hours working with our students. It is their hard work, and tireless efforts that have such a positive impact on our students,” Barr said. “Your focus has to always be on what is best for kids. We try to make sure that everything we do has this belief at its core. We strive to ensure that quality teaching and learning is occurring each and every day. Yet, we also know that we must also work to serve other needs beyond just academic one to help students be successful. We also understand that while our job is one of the hardest in the world, it is also one of the most rewarding and that everything we do for kids truly does make a difference.”
    Page 2 of 2 - On the Kansas side of the metro area, several schools also ranked in the top 20. These included Blue Valley North, second; Blue Valley High School, third; Olathe Northwest, fourth and Gardner Edgerton, sixth. Olathe North High School received a bronze medal, but was not ranked.
    The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas once again took the top overall spot on the magazine’s list.
    To read the magazine’s article, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/high-schools/articles/2013/04/23/us-news-releases-2013-best-high-schools-rankings
     
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