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How Did Renton's High Schools Rank in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report?

Renton high schools ranked near or below the state average for reading, writing and college readiness.

The U.S. News & World Report ‘Best High School Rankings’ are out, and Renton schools were unranked in the report and ranked near or below the state average for most categories with the exception of Hazen High School, which performed above average in writing.

Hazen and Lindbergh's measures of reading proficiency and college readiness increased slightly over last year's rankings.

Three high schools in the Bellevue School District were ranked in the top five in the state, with the International School leading the list.

For its rankings, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, a behavioral and social science research organization, to collect data on more than 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia. (Nebraska did not report enough data to be included in the rankings.) From its release:

U.S. News joined forces with the American Institutes for Research, a Washington, D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

Schools were ranked within each state, as well as on a national stage, so families can see how their public high school stacked up against rivals within the community and across the country. In the national rankings, 500 schools earned gold medals, 1,790 were awarded silver and 2,515 took home bronze.

While the report is dated 2013, it is based on data from the 2010-2011 school year.

This is how Renton’s public high schools performed:

School College Readiness Writing (Avg. Proficiency) Reading (Avg. Proficiency) Hazen Senior High School
20.6 Near WA Avg

29% Tested (AP®)

18% Passed (AP®)

3.4 Above WA Avg

90% Proficient

10% Not Proficient

3.3 Near WA Avg

82% Proficient

18% Not Proficient

Lindbergh Senior High School
20.8 Near WA Avg

25% Tested (AP®)

19% Passed (AP®)

3.2 Near WA Avg

86% Proficient

14% Not Proficient

3.1 Near WA Avg

78% Proficient

22% Not Proficient

Renton Senior High School 11.2 Near WA Avg

18% Tested (AP®)

9% Passed (AP®)


2.6 Below WA Avg

68% Proficient

32% Not Proficient


2.6 Below WA Avg

63% Proficient

37% Not Proficient


Sartori Education Center N/A N/A

N/A Tested (N/A)

N/A Passed (N/A)


2.1 Below WA Avg

56% Proficient

44% Not Proficient


2.4 Below WA Avg

55% Proficient

45% Not Proficient


Renton Academy
N/A N/A

N/A Tested (N/A)

N/A Passed (N/A)

N/A N/A

N/A Proficient

N/A Not Proficient

N/A N/A

N/A Proficient

N/A Not Proficient

Out Of District Facility N/A N/A

N/A Tested (N/A)

N/A Passed (N/A)


N/A N/A

N/A Proficient

N/A Not Proficient


N/A N/A

N/A Proficient

N/A Not Proficient


Home Program N/A N/A

N/A Tested (N/A)

N/A Passed (N/A
N/A N/A

N/A Proficient

N/A Not Proficient


N/A N/A

N/A Proficient

N/A Not Proficient


Amanda Liddle April 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Does this take into account that a big chunk of Renton's students are ESL and refugees? It just doesn't seem right to compare them straight across like this.
Mark Revel April 26, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Nevermind statistics skewed by a disproportionate ESL population, how about writing some stories that aren't cut and pasted from last years' story? This story deserves an F for plagiarism. http://renton.patch.com/articles/how-did-renton-s-high-schools-rank-in-the-2012-u-s-news-world-report
Ellejean St. Picard April 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM
@Amanda Liddle: I agree 100%. Bellevue certainly does not host hundreds of foreign students, refugee students, or children learning English as a second language. An entire preschool next to my daughter's middle school is composed entirely of children in situations like that or families in other poor situations. I know of other preschools like that as well. Are those children expected to perform alongside rich, well-off Bellevue kids? No! I do have to admit that there are plenty of kids and teens from slightly better-off and American native families who do poorly in school, and they should be graded and ranked alongside other kids who are not from refugee and ESL families. But shouldn't the children who would have been lucky to get an education in their birth country and are trying their best to succeed here get some extra points here?

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