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PAXTON NAMED AMONG NATION’S BEST SCHOOLS

Dec 23rd, 2008 | 0

Staff Reports

For the second year, Paxton High is being recognized as one of America’s Best High Schools. This week, Principal Sonya Alford received a letter from U.S. News and World Report’s editor Brian Kelly congratulating her and Paxton High School for receiving a bronze medal award as one of America’s Best High Schools.
“We are honored to be distinguished as one of America’s Best High Schools,” said Principal Sonya Alford.
America’s Best High Schools recognizes three categories of distinction: gold, silver, and bronze. Analysis is based on standardized test performance, proficiency rates of all students, including the least advantaged, and a challenging college-ready curriculum. The bronze medal recognizes high schools that me the first two criteria of the America’s Best High Schools methodology. Based on the criteria, Paxton High has demonstrated commendable performance on state tests.
According to U.S. News and World Report Editor Brian Kelly, “In producing our second annual ‘America’s Best High Schools,’ we drew on our long experience with data and rankings methodology (“Best Colleges” debuted 25 years ago). We explain the criteria in detail, but trust me when I say it is a sophisticated, fair way of comparing these important schools.”  Kelly continued, “In the past year, we’ve received a good deal of professional scrutiny, and the methodology has held up as a breakthrough in education assessment. We list the top 100, compared across 48 states.”
Paxton was the only school awarded in Walton County. For a complete list of America’s Best High Schools, visit  www.usnews.com/directories/high-schools/.

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