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Business Week has joined the high school rating game, with a state-by-state assessment of schools.

The tops in Arkansas?

Best Overall Academic Performance: Sheridan Freshman Academy – Sheridan

Best Low-Income: Caddo Hills High School – Norman

Best Improved: Nashville High School – Nashville

Parents’ Choice (public): Riverview High School – Searcy

Parents’ Choice (private): Little Rock Christian Academy – Little Rock

 

BusinessWeek today announced its first-ever Best High Schools in America rankings. Working in conjunction with San-Francisco-based nonprofit GreatSchools, BusinessWeek has identified Sheridan Freshman Academy in Sheridan as the Best Overall School in Arkansas. Other top-performing Arkansas schools were Caddo Hills High School in Norman, which was named the Best Low Income School, and Nashville High School as Best Improved.

BusinessWeek and GreatSchools have determined the three top-performing high schools in these categories in all 50 states, as well as the parents’ top choices for the best public and private schools.

“This is traditionally a time of year when families start thinking about where their children will be going to school in the next year,” says BusinessWeek’s Charles Dubow, who edited the project. “Do you stay where you are? Do you move? Finding the right school for your children is so important that even in this economy parents may be willing to move—or stay put. We want to help them make the best-informed decision.”

To compile the Best High Schools in America list, BusinessWeek and GreatSchools, an organization that rates schools and provides an online community for parents, identified the best overall public high school in terms of test scores, the best public high school with an economically-disadvantaged population, and the most-improved public high school. In addition, BusinessWeek offers the top public and private school in each state that parents rated the highest on the GreatSchools.net Web site.

 The top five schools in Arkansas, according to the BusinessWeek/GreatSchools list are:

Best Overall Academic Performance: Sheridan Freshman Academy – Sheridan

Best Low-Income: Caddo Hills High School – Norman

Best Improved: Nashville High School – Nashville

Parents’ Choice (public): Riverview High School – Searcy

Parents’ Choice (private): Little Rock Christian Academy – Little Rock

The Best Overall Academic Performance, Best Low Income, and Best Improved schools were selected based on the most recent available state math, reading, and science standardized test scores for public schools. Math and reading were weighted twice as heavily as science. The schools with the Best Overall Academic Performance had the best weighted test scores. The Best Low-Income school in each state had the highest weighted test score of the most economically disadvantaged schools. The Best Improved school is the school in each state that had the biggest weighted test-score improvement compared to the previous year.

The BusinessWeek/Great Schools Best High Schools in America list, as well the full methodology, can be found online at www.businessweek.com/go/09/bestschools.

 

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