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The 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings have been released and Bardstown High School has been named 41st in the state of Kentucky and 3,393 of more than 17,245 public high schools in the nation. Two-hundred-twenty-seven Kentucky high schools were ranked. Bardstown High School’s ranking places it in the top 18 percent in the Commonwealth and top 19 percent in the nation. 

The high school earned a “Best” ranking, a commendation reserved for the top 40% of schools in this ranking program. U.S. News “Best” badges are widely recognized as symbols of excellence in U.S. education.

“This ranking is another indicator of the excellent educational experience and rigorous programming offered in Bardstown City Schools,” said Dr. Ryan Clark, Superintendent. “From our early childhood program to advanced courses, our students are challenged and cared for by committed educators and support staff.”

The 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings are based on data collected from more than 17,000 public U.S. high schools, along with charter, magnet, and STEM schools. A revised methodology from U.S. News uses six ranking factors, each of which are weighted to produce an overall score that the ranking is based on.

The ranking factors measure performance on state math and reading proficiency tests; college readiness measured by participation in and performance on challenging college-level coursework using Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examinations; and graduation rates.

Rankings are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global research firm. U.S. News doesn’t collect data directly from high schools – all data comes directly from official third-party sources. U.S. News receives AP and IB data directly from the College Board and International Baccalaureate, respectively, for use in the rankings. The state assessment data and graduation rates are from each state, and other data comes from the U.S. Department of Education Common Core of Data.

“We credit the dedication and hard work of our educators, the involvement of our parents, and the determination of our students for this ranking,” Clark said.
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