US News & World Report Gives Top Rankings to WCASD
All three West Chester Area School District high schools rank in the top six percent of public high schools nationally and state-wide according to US News & World Report. Out of the 673 public high schools ranked in the state, West Chester East, Bayard Rustin, and B. Reed Henderson placed at Nos. 36, 41, and 46 respectively.
The criteria used for these rankings include:
College Readiness – 30% -The proportions of 12th graders who took and passed at least one AP or IB exam. Passing is worth three times more than just taking.
Math and Reading Proficiency - 20% - Aggregated scores on state assessments that students may be required to pass for graduation.
Math and Reading Performance- 20% - How aggregated scores on state assessments compare to U.S. News's expectations given the proportions of students who are black, Hispanic and from low-income households.
Underserved Student Performance – 10% - Scores on state assessments aggregated just among students who are black, Hispanic and from low-income households. These scores are compared to what is typical in the state for non-undeserved students, with parity or higher being the goal.
College Curriculum Breadth – 10% - The proportions of 12th graders who took and passed AP and IB exams in multiple areas. More exams are valued more than fewer exams up to a maximum of four. Passing an exam is worth three times more than taking.
Graduation Rate – 10% -The proportion of entering 9th graders who graduated four academic years later.