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Science Hill climbs U.S. News & World Report rankings to 17th in Tennessee

US News & World Report

The U.S. News and World Report released their annual rankings of the top high schools in the country. Science Hill High School was ranked 17th in Tennessee – an improvement from their 20th ranking last year and tying their highest ranking ever from 2019. Science Hill also ranked 1,214 in the nation out of almost 18,000 high schools, an improvement from their 1,396 ranking a year ago.

“This ranking represents the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, and families,” Science Hill Principal Josh Carter said. “It is also representative of the commitment to educational excellence by our Board of Education and the Johnson City Commission.  While we want to celebrate this success, we look forward to continuing to climb the U.S. News and World Report Rankings.”

According to the U.S. News and World Report website, while the six ranking indicators that determined each school’s rank were the same as those used in the three prior years, U.S. News adjusted its calculation of these measures to account for the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on schools in the 2019-2020 school year. With most states closing schools for in-person instruction beginning in March 2020 – typically just before most states conduct assessments – the U.S. Department of Education granted waivers allowing all states to forego state testing for the 2019-2020 school year.

Without 2019-2020 assessment data available, U.S. News relied on historic assessment data from the three prior ranking years while also incorporating for the first-time state science assessment data from the 2018-2019 school year to capture a broader measure of student learning. Specifically, an average of the following years and academic subjects were used: 2016-2017 math and reading assessment data; 2017-2018 math and reading assessment data; and 2018-2019 math, reading and science assessment data. Note that U.S. News only incorporated math and reading assessment data without science for Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Tennessee; all other states had science data incorporated in their assessment ranking factors for 2018-2019. In contrast to state assessments, ranking factors pertaining to graduation rates and college readiness incorporated 2019-2020 cohorts. This means 50% of the ranking calculations used completely new data.

With an enrollment of just under 2,300 students, Science Hill offers a variety of courses to challenge and prepare students for whichever career path they choose. Science Hill offers 29 Advanced Placement courses and multiple hands-on career technical classes that include construction, welding, culinary arts, automotive, childcare, business, digital media, criminal justice and others. Science Hill also has an array of athletic opportunities as well as performing arts opportunities that include visual arts, theatre, orchestra, band and chorus.

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