OHS receives Bronze

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Okoboji High School is proud to report that it has received the Bronze Ranking in the U.S. News and World Report 2017 Rankings of the Best High Schools in the United States. This is the second time Okoboji has received the honor, with the last time occurring in 2015.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings examine over 22,000 public schools across the country. This year the top 29 percent of all schools achieved a Gold, Silver, or Bronze ranking.

The awards are determined by looking at several factors including:

• How students performed on reading and math measures as compared to others in their state

• How disadvantaged students (economically or otherwise) fared as compared to similar peers across the state
• The school’s graduation rate

OHS scored significantly above the state average in terms of the percentage of its students who were proficient in reading and math as measured by the Iowa Assessments. For the year in question, 89 percent of OHS students were proficient in reading as compared to a state average of 80 percent. In math, 86 percent of students were proficient as compared to 80 percent across the state.

Much of the reason for Okoboji’s Bronze Award is due to the high levels of achievement of the students who fall into a disadvantaged category either economically or otherwise. As a subgroup, 80 percent of these students showed proficiency as compared with the rest of Iowa who had an average of 67 percent proficient. This means OHS students outperformed the state average by 13 percent.

No matter the background or life circumstances, the school holds fast to the mission of preparing each learner with the knowledge and skills necessary for a productive life in a changing world. While this ranking is only one measure, Okoboji is proud of this recognition as it is one more piece of evidence that shows how they are Pioneering Pathways for Every Student.

For more information on the U.S. News and World Report rankings and specific information on Okoboji High School, please visit their website.

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