May 24, 2016

Three NSBR Recruited School Operators Ranked Among the Best in the Nation

Three NSBR recruited school operators have been ranked among the best in the nation from The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report.Numerous schools within the BASIS.ed, Cristo Rey, and IDEA Public Schools networks were ranked among the best and top performing schools in the nation by The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. New Schools for Baton Rouge, and our partners, have worked to recruit these school operators to Baton Rouge to ensure every child in our city has access to an excellent school. Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School will open in August 2016. BASIS.ed and IDEA Public Schools plan to open their first Baton Rouge campuses in 2018.In The Washington Post’s annual ranking of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, six BASIS.ed schools, three Cristo Rey schools, and six IDEA Public Schools were ranked among the most challenging in the nation. Two Louisiana schools, both located in New Orleans, were included in the rankings. America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.In the U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of best high schools in the nation, three of BASIS.ed schools and five of IDEA Public Schools received a gold medal ranking for college readiness and high rankings on the list. Four Louisiana schools received a gold medal, with two schools in Baton Rouge receiving silver medals. The 2016 rankings include data on more than 21,500 public high schools and are based on both the schools’ performance on state assessments, and how well they prepare students for college as measured by student participation and performance on high level tests such as the College Board's Advanced Placement exams.

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