DENVILLE, NJ – U.S. News & World Report has released its highly anticipated annual rankings of Best High Schools in America, and Morris Knolls High School and Morris County School of Technology rank among the best high schools in the United States.

Morris County School of Technology ranked at No. 105 in New Jersey and No. 2,588 nationally (out of 17,245)

Morris County School of Technology Scorecard:

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  • Took at Least One AP® Exam: 17%
  • Passed at Least One AP® Exam: ­­­61%
  • Mathematics Proficiency: ­­­­­69%
  • Reading Proficiency: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 99%

Morris Knolls High School ranked at No. 128 in New Jersey and No. 3,170 nationally (out of 17,245)

Morris Knolls High School Scorecard:

  • Took at Least One AP® Exam: 44%
  • Passed at Least One AP® Exam: ­­­81%
  • Mathematics Proficiency: ­­­­­38%
  • Reading Proficiency: 54%
  • Graduation Rate: 93%

Twenty-four New Jersey schools were rated among the top 500 public high schools, including Morris County’s Chatham (No. 14 in New Jersey), Mountain Lakes (No. 23 in New Jersey) and Madison (No. 32 in New Jersey).

U.S. News says that its Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 23,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six weighted factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

The new rankings, developed in conjunction with nonprofit research firm RTI International, are based on a revamped methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality for the 2016-2017 school year:

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-underserved 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.

For the full list of schools, click here.

 

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