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U.S. News ranks AHS 17th in state

Ashland High School is the 17th best high school in the state according to U.S. News & World Report, which released its annual ranking of high schools last week.

Ashland High also was one of 21 Oregon high schools to receive a “silver medal” — its sixth — from U. S. News & World Report in 2017. Only one, Beaverton’s School of Science and Technology, received “gold medal” recognition, an honor bestowed upon only 2.4 percent of the 20,487 public high schools evaluated nationally.

The rankings are based on each school’s performance on state math and reading proficiency tests, graduation rates and how well students are prepared for college.

Ashland High, which is ranked 2,119 nationally, was one of only two schools south of Eugene to crack Oregon’s top 20 (Phoenix High is ranked 20th and also received a silver medal). According to the report’s AHS “scorecard,” AHS has 83 percent English proficiency, 51 percent mathematics proficiency, scored a 26.8 on the “college readiness index” and boasts a 22-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio.

Oregon’s top five schools, according to the report, are the School of Science and Technology, West Linn High School, Lakeridge High School, Wilsonville High School and Summit High School.

 — Joe Zavala is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach him at 541-821-0829 or jzavala@dailytidings.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Joe_Zavala99.