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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Montevideo ranked among state’s best high schools by ‘U.S. News & World Report’

  • “U.S. News & World Report” recently published its annual rankings of the best high schools in Minnesota and the nation.
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  • “U.S. News & World Report” recently published its annual rankings of the best high schools in Minnesota and the nation.
     
    Montevideo High School is ranked 32nd in Minnesota and 1,544 nationally. The No. 1 ranked high school in Minnesota was Mahtomedi.
     
    Founded in 1933, the well-known magazine published its list of the nation’s best high schools for the first time in 2007. Its ranking methodology includes state test scores and the success of low-income and minority students on these exams, and schools’ performance in Ad­vanced Placement tests.
     
    To compile its rankings, “U.S. News & World Report” teamed with the American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.
     
    The rankings are based on key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
     
    “It takes a lot of things into account — math and reading proficiency and graduation rate and then college readiness,” said MHS Principal Bruce Bergeson. “Our college readiness is rated pretty high because we’ve had above average ACT scores. We offer a lot of college preparatory courses, advance placement and college-in-the-classroom.”
     
    The study shows Montevideo High School has a stud­ent/teacher ratio of 16:1, which is near the state average. MHS’s proficiency in math was above the state average, while Monte­video was rated near the state average in reading proficiency and college readiness.
     
    “I think it’s a credit to the staff and the students and our middle school and elementary schools, too,” said Bergeson.
     

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