Minnesota high schools buried in US News list of nation's best


US News and World Report on Tuesday released its 2014 rankings of America's top public high schools, and no Minnesota school budged into the list's top tier.

The rankings were arrived at based on Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate exams, state testing and other criteria, including how well districts address the needs of disadvantaged students.

No school in Minnesota landed on the magazine's list of the top 10 public high schools.

The Star Tribune noted Minnesota overall did not fare well either – it ranked No. 33 out of all 50 states.

In the magazine's list of the top high schools in Minnesota, Edina High School ranks first, Mahtomedi High School is in the second position and Houston High School in Houston, Minnesota ranked third. Rounding out the list are St. Anthony Village High School in fourth place, followed by Orono High School (5th), Eastview High School in Apple Valley (6th), St. Louis Park High School (7th), Minnetonka High School (8th) and Woodbury High School (9th). Mankato West High School ranked 10th.

Edina High School placed 197th on the magazine's national list.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post released its 2014 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The list included private high schools. On the Minnesota list for most challenging school, St. Croix Prep in Stillwater came in first, followed by the International School in Eden Prairie. St. Louis Park High School came in third in those rankings.

A news release from the magazine said the 2014 list offers profiles of almost 20,000 public high schools, and rankings of the nation’s 4,707 highest-scoring schools across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

U.S. News and World Report worked with American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate the schools. In the national rankings, 500 high schools earned gold medals, 1,519 took home silver and 2,688 were awarded bronze. Maine had the most schools to earn gold medals, the top prize in the publication's ranking system. A school in Dallas for gifted and talented students was named the best high school in the country for the third consecutive year.

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