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The U.S. News and World Report analysis omitted Lake Oswego High School, likely due to low testing participation

Lakeridge High School is the sixth best high school in the State of Oregon, accordfing to an annual analysis by U.S. News and World Report.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge High School was ranked seventh in Oregon in the annual U.S. News and World Report analysis.The results, which were released Wednesday morning, ranked Lakeridge at 682 out of 2711 high schools nationwide.

"We are extremely proud of our students and staff at Lakeridge High School" said Superintendent Heather Beck. "We have worked diligently to ensure our students have challenging opportunities so they will be successful in their careers and/or colleges. This just proves what we already know. Our students achieve at great levels not matter their talents or interests."

The report, which evaluates statewide and nationwide rankings among public high schools, including charter and special focus schools, evaluated more than 20,500 high schools across the nation. The report examined students' preparedness for college-level coursework, graduation rates, students' performance on state assessments and schools that best served all populations of students.

"Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "We encourage parents to use the Best High Schools rankings and data to research which schools in their state and nationwide are ensuring students are well-equipped for the future."

Woodburn Academy of Art, Science and technology received the top ranking in Oregon, followed by International School of Beaverton, Corbett High, Beaverton's School of Science and Technology, West Linn High, Lakeridge High, Wilsonville High, South Eugene High, Woiodburn's Wellness, Business and Sports School and Lincoln High in Portland.

In Oregon, 34 schools made the ranking for best high schools across the nation. The state's top five schools earned Gold Medals, Lakeridge was among 20 awarded Silver Medals and nine others earned Bronze Medals in recognition of their high performance in prparing students for college.

REVIEW FILE PHOTO - The U.S. News and World Report analysis also ranked Lakeridge High School at 682 out of 2711 nationwide."I could not be more proud of our school's academic achievement in the latest U.S. News and World Report. Our students and faculty are amazing and their hard work and dedication inspire me every day," Lakeridge Principal Jennifer Schiele told The Review. "This external validation says so much about what we all do here — staff, teachers, administrators, parents and all of our students. We don't do it for the rankings, but it's wonderful for the teachers and students to be recognized."

For the second year in a row, Lake Oswego High School was left off both the state and national lists entirely, although the snub is likely due to the school's low participation in Smarter Balanced Testing.

LOHS going unrecognized is not an indicator that the school is providing students with any less of an education, according to Beck.

"Both Lakeridge High School and Lake Oswego High School have excellent track records of success," Beck told The Review. "In the case of LO High School, parents have opted their students out of state testing in recent years, which affects the US News & World Report rankings. The graduation rates at both high schools averages 92 percent, (and) we know our students at both schools are taking rigorous coursework through advanced placement classes, dual credit opportunities, and grade 13 experiences."

Participation in the Smarter Balanced Test among LOHS students has actually risen substantially in the last few years. Overall participation at LOHS was 37 percent in 2015-16. In the 2016-17 school year it was up to 46.1 percent in math and 59.4 percent in ELA.

However, the U.S. News and World Report uses data collected from the schools for the previous two years to make decisions on the current year's rankings. This means that the progress made in testing participation at LOHS in the last two years will likely take hold in next year's report.

"As administrators, we cherish each student who comes to our district," Beck said. "Our mission is to ensure 7,000 individual success stories, not necessarily national rankings."

Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Claire Holley at 503-636-1281 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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