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CCHS ranks high in Post challenge

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By SARAH BEACH

The News-Democrat Intern

Carroll County High School has been ranked with Ryle, Manual, North Oldham, Ballard and Covington Latin in the recent Washington Post High School Challenge.

The High School Challenge is “a measure of how effectively a school prepares its students for college,” according to the Washington Post website.

Carroll County was ranked 12th, right after Woodford County and before Ryle High School.

According to the Post’s High School Challenge website, the schools were given a score based on the number of college-level tests administered to students divided by the number of  students who graduate each year.

The ranking also factors in free and reduced lunch percentages.

CCHS reported that 134 students graduated in 2011, and 215 Advanced Placement tests were administered, giving the district a score of 1.6.

Any score above a 1.0 is considered good enough to be ranked on the list.

Only 9 percent of the schools in the country achieved that distinction, according to the website. CCHS is among that top 9 percent.

“We’ve been doing good things all along,” said Jeff Fremin, the district’s director of public relations, adding that these numbers represent efforts the school made over two years ago to improve the AP program at the school. 

Fremin also said that the ranking is “an indicator of how well schools educate the kids,” since “you can’t just judge a school by their test scores.”

This is only one of three national rankings the district recently received.

Carroll County recently received a fifth place ranking in the Small School Districts category in the National Digital School Districts Survey, Fremin wrote in  his column April 25.

The district received this ranking because of the recent expansion of technology in the schools. This new technology includes the One-to-One laptop program.

“I just know that we’re doing the right things,” Superintendent Lisa James said. She is  “really proud” of the achievement, because the ranking is not only measuring the “quality of the school” but the “level of commitment” that educators have.