Published May 21. 2014 4:00AM Updated May 21. 2014 10:18AM
U.S. News and World Report has released its 2014 Best High Schools rankings, and four area high schools are listed among the top 35 statewide. They are Daniel Hand High School, Guilford High School, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, and Valley Regional High School.
U.S. News analyzed more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and has published data on more than 19,400, including student demographics and results on state exams and Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests.
In announcing its rankings, the magazine said it teamed up with American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools in three phases. The first two looked at overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged students. They then used participation in and performance on AP and IB exams to evaluate how well schools prepared students for college-level course work.
A review of the Connecticut state rankings shows Lyme-Old Lyme High School at number 20. In the national rankings, it comes in at number 537. Guilford High School was ranked number 24 statewide and number 718 nationally. Valley Regional High School, which includes the towns of Chester, Deep River, and Essex, ranked number 30 in the state and number 1,035 nationally. Daniel Hand High School in Madison ranked number 33 in the state and number 1,299 nationally.