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Woodburn Academy of Art, Science and Technology tops U.S. News and World report Oregon rankings

COURTESY PHOTO: LYNNE KOENIG - Seal of Biliteracy recipients from Woodburn Academy of Art, Science and Technology pose for a photo with Principal Geri Federico.Woodburn High School's Academy of Art, Science and Technology took first place out of 25 in Oregon's public schools and 24th nationally in the U.S. News and World Report Best High School Awards.

Wellness, Business and Sports School also took home an award for ninth best out of 25 in Oregon, and St. Paul High School won 16th in the state.

WAAST principal Geri Federico said that WAAST was recognized for its progress closing the achievement gap between white middle and upper class students and low income students and students of color.

The school's high graduation rates, enrollment in college prep courses, and scores on state and national tests were also factors in the first place win, Federico said.

"Our students and staff were very proud of this recognition," Federico said. "We are gratified that our hard work is achieving results."

The U.S. News rankings compares more than 20,500 public high schools in the U.S., awarding gold, silver or bronze medals to the top 5,948 schools based on state assessments and college preparation.

Best High School rankings are awarded to schools where students exceed state expectations for reading and mathematics, underserved students perform better than the state average, graduation rates are 80 percent or better, and students are prepared for college-level coursework.

WAAST scored 100 percent in college readiness, 100 percent tested in International Baccalaureate with 67 percent passing, 29 percent in mathematics proficiency and 70 percent in reading proficiency.

WeBSS scored 41.8 in college readiness, 55 percent tested in Advanced Placement and 69 percent passing, 26 percent mathematics proficiency and 75 percent reading proficiency.

St. Paul scored 32.1 in college readiness, 54 percent tested in AP and 47 percent of those passed, 48 percent in mathematics proficiency and 92 percent in reading proficiency.

For the list of top 25 Oregon high schools, visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/oregon/rankings. For the Best U.S. High Schools, visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

Patrick Evans

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