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GHS earns high marks in ‘Best High Schools’ list
GHS earns high marks in ‘Best High Schools’ list
GISD Public Relations
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

U.S. News released its 2020 Best High Schools Rankings and for the 10th year in a row, Giddings High School has earned a spot in this prestigious list.

A total of 24,000 high schools were reviewed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Giddings is firmly in the top 25%, ranking #4232 nationally. Going head-to head with Texas schools, GHS is #355 out of 2,075 high schools, again, in the top 25%.

GHS Principal Chad Rood commented on the ranking, “I am so proud of the GHS students and faculty.  This honor is a credit to their hard work and the standard of excellence that has been established.”

“ We made a big jump up in the rankings as well,” said Rood. “We are the flagship high school in this area. Ten consecutive years as a nationally ranked high school shows a Tradition of Excellence.  Buffalo Pride is Real!”

Graduation rates and college readiness, both key factors for the path to a higher education, are among the many metrics U.S. News used to determine the 2020 Best High Schools. Giddings HS students have a graduation rate of 98%. They also have 94% mathematics proficiency and 69% reading proficiency.

These are the six indicators of school quality used to calculate the rankings:

- College readiness, based on the proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams.

- College curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas.

- Math and reading proficiency, based on student performance on state-required tests.

- Math and reading performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school’s proportion of underserved students.

- Underserved student performance, based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state.

- Graduation rates, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2013-2014 and graduated four years later.

The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions. U.S. News assigned numerical ranks to schools performing in the top 75%. Schools performing below the 25th percentile are listed alphabetically with a ranking range.