Hauser High School has been named one of the nation’s best for the seventh consecutive year, earning a “Bronze Medal School” designation.
The annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report examined nearly 20,000 high schools across the country to determine how students performed on standardized tests and how well prepared they are for college.
The rankings are designed to help families understand the increasing public school options available to them, said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of the publication.
Students typically take algebra during their freshman year and English 10 as sophomores, so U.S. News and World Report singled out the performance of those two grades on End of Course Assessments. The 2014 rankings were based on 2011-12 data from the Indiana Department of Education.
Hauser students performed above the Indiana average on the exams, with 98 percent of students considered proficient in algebra and 81 percent proficient in English.
Hauser earned an A in the statewide A-F Accountability system in 2013, and Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. Superintendent Kathy Griffey said the award was a validation of that effort and a highlight of the year.
“Receiving the Bronze Award publicly confirms our personal knowledge about how great Hauser is,” she said.
The bronze badge is displayed on the high school’s web page at flatrock.k12.in.us/Domain/100
Hauser does not offer Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate assessments, which U.S. News and World Report uses to judge college-readiness. That made the Hope-based school ineligible for a gold or silver award designation.
Principal Shawn Price said he is still proud of the school’s offerings to college-bound students.
“For a small school, we have a lot of dual-credit opportunities,” he said. “That helps with college readiness.”
No other high schools from Bartholomew County received an award from U.S. News and World Report.
Columbus North High School freshmen reached 58 percent proficiency in algebra in 2011-12 and sophomores scored 77 percent in English during that same year. At Columbus East High School, students scored 49 percent proficient in algebra and 78 percent in English.