Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

April 28, 2013

Foyil High School recognized as one of the best in nation

CLAREMORE —

U.S. News and World Report recently released its list of the best high schools in the nation. Foyil High School received a Bronze national ranking for the second year in a row.
More than 100 Oklahoma schools are included in the high school rankings.
“As a low-income community, to be told that our high school is ranked as one of the nation’s best is very exciting,” said Foyil Superintendent Mike McGregor. “Our teachers are doing a heck of a job.”
“We are bursting with pride,” said McGregor. “I want our students to know they’re part of this honor and that our teachers are here to make sure they are successful and taken care of.”
To produce results for the rankings, U.S. News teamed up with Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Reasearch (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.
U.S. News and AIR analyzed 21,035 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. National rankings were based on a three-step process, including reading and math performance compared to the average student in the state, math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students and college readiness performance using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data.
Because Foyil does not offer AP courses, the school was not eligible for a silver or gold ranking, according to information from U.S. News and World Report.
Foyil was among 2,500 high schools that passed the first two steps in the methodology. 
McGregor said the state’s A-F grading system is not a true reflection of the quality education students are receiving in Foyil.
“The A-F scale is flawed and does not validate what our teachers and faculty are doing. It’s nice to see an unbiased system set up on a national scale that focuses more on education than attendance.”
Foyil High School currently has 132 students with 51 seniors and a 100 percent graduation rate.
Earlier this year, the district received state Governor’s ACE Award for the high school’s 100 percent graduation rate.

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