The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

June 18, 2013

Conneaut, GV high schools earn magazine’s accolades

Star Beacon

— Two Ashtabula County high schools have been honored by U.S. News and World Report for their scholastic achievements, according to the magazine’s website.

Conneaut and Grand Valley high schools were awarded bronze medals by the magazine, the only ones in the county to receive medals. There are 892 high schools in Ohio, but only 234 received recognition in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list. Nineteen received gold medals, 106 silver and 109 bronze, according to the magazine’s website.

Gold- and silver-medal winners were ranked in the state and nationally. Area high schools ranked in the state include Chagrin Falls (No. 6), Chardon (No. 73), Mentor (No. 111) and West Geauga (No. 112).

The magazine analyzed a wealth of academic data to determine rankings. State proficiency standards, along with how well students are prepared for college, carried a lot of weight, according to the magazine’s website.

Administrators at both schools were pleased with the honor.

“I am very proud of the efforts of our staff and students,” CHS Principal Dawn Zappitelli said in an e-mail statement sent Monday. “We have a hard-working staff and student body that have to overcome many obstacles on a daily basis, so this is quite an honor to receive a bronze medal.”

Doug Hitchcock, GV High School principal, agreed.

“It’s a joint effort,” he said Monday. “We have great teachers and support staff and good community support. A lot of people here are working hard.”

Conneaut won a bronze medal from the magazine in 2007.

U.S. News and World Report worked with American Institutes for Research to compile and study the data. “AIR implemented U.S. News’ comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators,” according to the magazine’s website.

In all, U.S. News and World Report looked at data from 21,035 high schools across the country and Washington D.C. that had sufficient numbers for analysis.