U.S. News and World Report magazine recently named Edina High School a silver medalist school based on students' performance on state assessment tests and readiness for college. This is the second consecutive year Edina has been named a silver medalist school. High schools that receive a silver medal ranking are in the top 2% nationwide.
Edina High School was just out of reach of the gold medalist category, which includes schools with the top 100 scores in the nation. However, the school had a college readiness score of 58.2, the highest of any Minnesota school. Minnesota did not have any schools representing the gold category.
U.S. News and World Report considered 21,786 high schools in 48 states plus the District of Columbia. To determine it's list of top-performing schools, the magazine reviewed state assessment data in reading and math. To make the cut, schools had to prove that their entire student body performed well, not just a few students. Just 1,750 schools qualified for the next level. 100 of those were gold ranked, 461 were ranked in the silver category, and 1,189 schools were ranked in the bronze category.
"This is a very thorough analysis of school performance and participation," said Superintendent Ric Dressen. "It's a great accomplishment and speaks to the success of our entire K-12 system."
Edina High School is also consistently ranked as one of the top 100 schools in the nation by Newsweek. In 2008, it received a ranking of 91 and was the only Minnesota school to make the top 100. View the list of other Minnesota high schools with silver rankings.
Edina MN isn't satisfied, though, and is working towards giving it's students an even better education. 150 students at South View Middle School in Edina have been taking part in a pilot program designed to give each student a laptop to use at school and home for schoolwork. The goal is to increase their technology knowledge and skills while using new tools to support their learning.
Under the No Child Left Behind law, all eighth graders must be technologically literate by 2013. Edina's one-to-one laptop pilot program addresses that goal. Next year, the program will expand to Valley View Middle School, where 150 more students will receive personal laptops. District leaders will evaluate the program after two years and determine whether to continue it.