How Are High Schools in Pennsylvania Rated?

Pennsylvania's high schools overall were rated eighth in the nation by Education Week in 2015 and 23rd by U.S. News and World Report in the same year. Individual high school ratings are available on websites like U.S. News and World Report and Schooldigger. Some factors affecting a high school's rating include its passing test scores, college preparation, graduation rate and subject area performance, mentions USA Today.

Pennsylvania high schools received an overall grade of B- in 2015, according to Education Week's ratings. The overall state score on a scale from 0 to 100 was 80.1 and the state had the 11th highest spending per pupil, with some school districts not getting enough funding. Pennsylvania high schools had an above average graduation rate of 88 percent, which was the seventh highest in the nation. The state also had the sixth highest rate of math and reading proficiency for eighth graders, which also affected the overall national ranking of eighth.

U.S. News and World Report's national high school rankings went by how many schools received silver and gold medals, which are awarded based on factors like statewide test scores, college preparation and students' completion of advanced coursework testing, such as Advanced Placement tests. Overall, 11.5 percent of Pennsylvania's high schools received gold and silver medals, placing it close to the middle of the rankings at 23rd.

Users can find an overall top high school rankings list and details on specific Pennsylvania schools on . Student-to-teacher ratio, the number of full-time teachers and test scores all are considered for these rankings per school.