Boyle County High School ranked 16th in the state in new report; Danville High School also ranked 

Published 9:21 am Friday, May 1, 2020

A new report lists Boyle County High School as one of the 20 best high schools in Kentucky.

US News & World Report released its annual Best High Schools report, and Boyle County High School came in at 16th in the state.

“Congratulations to the Boyle County High School students and staff on a well-deserved recognition by the US News and World Report,” the district said in a statement released to the Advocate-Messenger. “Our goal at Boyle County Schools is to continually find ways to challenge our students and fill the curriculum with academic rigor. While we do this solely to ensure our students are prepared as best they can be for the future, it is nice to see outside agencies recognize the outcomes of our efforts.”

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The report noted a 99 percent graduation rate for Boyle County students, as well as high marks for math and reading proficiency and performance, categories they placed 10th and 15th in the state, respectively.

BCHS also finished just outside the top 30 in Kentucky in the College Readiness Index, which takes into account the number of students who took and passed at least one advanced placement exam. BCHS placed 31st in the state in that index.

Danville High School came in at 97th in the rankings, with the report noting that Danville High School had a 96 percent graduation rate, and 35 percent of students took at least one AP exam.

Danville High School placed 69th in the state in the College Readiness Index, and 54th in the College Curriculum Breadth Index, the proportions of 12th graders who took and passed AP and international baccalaureate  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 it.

The ranking methodology draws data from the 2017-2018 school year using state and federal data, according to a release announcing the rankings. Schools are ranked on six measures, which include college readiness, based on the proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or international baccalaureate exams; college curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas; math and reading proficiency, based on student performance on state-required tests; math and reading performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school’s proportion of underserved students; underserved student performance, based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state; and graduation rates, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2013-2014 and graduated four years later.