Sturgis tumbles on high school ranking – News – capecodtimes.com

HYANNIS — Sturgis Charter Public School took a tumble in the latest U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of the country’s best public high schools.

The charter high school that promotes the international baccalaureate program for all slipped from its gold medal, number one spot in Massachusetts last year to an unranked bronze medal in the 2017 listing released this week.

But the downgrade had little to do with the school’s performance.

Instead it resulted from a lack of data supplied to U.S. News and World Report by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

According to the news magazine, the IBO didn’t provide data needed to assess one of the four categories judged in the competition — college readiness — although it had supplied the information in previous years.

As a result, “schools only using IB exams weren’t eligible to receive gold or silver medals,” U.S. News and World Report wrote. “But like all high schools that pass the first three steps of the methodology, IB schools were eligible for bronze medals.”

“I have no doubt that Sturgis’ placement on these lists would remain as years’ past when IB data is included,” Paul Marble, executive director for Sturgis, wrote in an email. He said the IB curriculum ensures “student transformation and college readiness.”

In the meantime, Nauset Regional High School in Eastham was the highest ranked Cape school, coming in at number 27 in the state and number 624 in the U.S., according to the U.S. News and World Report assessment.

Nauset has a 93 percent graduation rate and scored 52.3 on the news magazine’s college readiness index.

The AP participation rate was 60 percent, and 82 percent of AP students passed the exam, according to U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News and World Report also looked at MCAS scores, which the news magazine said had to be statistically better than expected given a school’s poverty rate.

“It’s a great honor for our high school,” Nauset Regional High School Assistant Principal Keith Kenyon said about the ranking. “We’re just really proud of our teachers and students.”

Nauset was one of three Cape schools to receive a silver medal from the news magazine, along with Falmouth High School and Barnstable High School.

Barnstable High School, where the AP participation rate is 50 percent, was ranked 50th in the state and number 1,414 in the nation.

“We’re quite proud of what we accomplish,” Barnstable High School Principal Patrick Clark said. He noted that the high school — the Cape’s largest — serves a diverse population.

Falmouth High was ranked number 73 in Massachusetts and number 2,430 nationwide.

Sandwich High School did not participate in the assessment this year, Sandwich High School Principal Ellin Booras said.

“We didn’t submit our data,” she said. “It was something that didn’t get done” due to a re-shuffling of administrative and STEM responsibilities among…

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