US News & WR ranks DV with US best

Ranked 1,364: top six percent of 22,000 schools nationally

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WESTFALL — Delaware Valley High School was named as one the nation's best high schools in the May 8 edition of US News & World Report.

In the magazine's review, Delaware Valley High School ranked 32nd out of 752 public, charter and magnet schools in Pennsylvania, placing in in the top 4% of schools statewide. Only 56 (the top 7%) of high schools in Pennsylvania out of the 752 made the list at the gold or silver level that DVHS was awarded when it advanced to the national level.

Out of the 22,000 schools ranked nationwide DVHS placed in the top 6% (#1,364). This is the first year the Delaware Valley High School was included on the US News & World Report’s list of Americas Best High Schools.

In the past year, the DVHS has been recognized nationally by Newsweek, the Washington Post and The College Board for outstanding academics, but the criteria for this award includes a much wider population.

Dr. Candis Finan, Superintendent of the Delaware Valley School District was very pleased and stated that “the past few years we have made a strong effort to raise the academic expectations and our students have responded.”

The criteria for these rankings are a three step process to determine the nation’s best high schools. Researchers first looked at all of the student results on the state (PSSA) reading and math proficiency tests. They then factored in economically disadvantaged students (who tend to score lower) to identify schools that were performing better than expected. Researchers then determined whether the school’s least advantaged student’s (low income, minority) performed better than average for similar students in the state. Only when school past the first two steps did they become eligible to be judged nationally on the final step--college-readiness performance—using Advanced Placement (AP) test data benchmarks for success. AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country and has become the gold standard in college readiness in country. Over 3.7 million AP exams are schedule to be administered to this year’s high school students.

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