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SHS takes home the silver in national rankings

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:22 p.m. CST

Sterling school board members learned Wednesday that Sterling High School has earned national academic recognition from U.S. News and World Report.

SHS, with a student body of 1,018, ranked 67th out of 708 Illinois schools, and 1,701st out of 19,400 nationwide, earning it a silver recognition in the magazine’s 2014 rankings of top U.S. high schools.

That makes SHS the highest-ranked school in the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference, Jim Spencer, director of the Sterling Schools Foundation, said in a post on the foundation website.

According to the magazine: “We teamed up with American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools in three phases. The first two steps looked at overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students.

“We then used participation in and performance on AP and IB exams to evaluate how well schools prepared students for college-level course work.

“In the national rankings, 500 high schools earned gold medals, 1,519 took home silver and 2,688 were awarded bronze.”

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