GLEN ROSE – Glen Rose High School has recently been recognized as one of the top academic schools in state and national rankings by a U.S. News and World Report. The ranking also has earned the district a bronze medal in the USNWR report's National Rankings.

As reported by the U.S News and World Report, the rankings are constructed off of college readiness and performance on state-required testing based on the 2013-14 school year. Glen Rose High School ranked higher than the State average proficiency on exit exams in both mathematics (37 percent district average) and English (66 percent district average), the report states.

Of those proficient on the standardized testing, 11 percent tested at an advanced level in mathematics, while seven percent achieved the advanced result in English, according to the USNWR study. During its initial steps in determining which schools would receive a medal, the study also found that 61.8 percent of GRHS students showed "[...] mastery of state exit exams based on the proportions of students who achieved each proficiency level.”

“I am extremely proud of the success and recognition of Glen Rose High School in the U.S. News and World Report,” Glen Rose ISD Superintendent G. Wayne Rotan said. “It reflects the dedication and commitment of the students and staff of Glen Rose HS.”

The USNWR also stated that of the 462 students enrolled in GRHS during the 2013-14 school year approximately 97 percent were reported to have graduated.

It is also important to note that the study by the USNWR only accounted for the 19 percent of students enrolled in AP classes while attending GRHS and not the numerous others enrolled in dual credit college classes taken through Angelo State University. Of the approximate 87 GRHS seniors (19 percent) who reported to have taken at least on AP exam during their high school careers, 59 percent passed at least one AP exam and 64 percent of all exams taken were passed, according to the report.

According to GRISD, if the dual credit courses had been accounted for GRHS would’ve received a higher national ranking.

Additional reporting by Travis M. Smith/GRR


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