U.S. News and World report ranks Tampa Bay high schools
Tampa Bay high schools didn't quite earn top honors in U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools rankings, but Hillsborough County at least has bragging rights for some of the best schools in the area according to the report's annual rankings.
Released Tuesday, the rankings show Plant High came in No. 22 among the top schools in Florida. The school, which has a 96 percent graduation rate and a college readiness score of 69, ranked 228th nationally.
Only one Florida school cracked the nationwide top 20 list: Pine View School in Sarasota County clocked in at No. 13 and topped the list of best high schools in Florida. Miami-Dade County schools crowded that statewide list, with four schools in the top 10.
Hillsborough's Newsome and Robinson high schools ranked 30th and 39th, respectively, and both earned gold awards. Two Pasco County high schools edged out Pinellas' top schools, with James W. Mitchell and Land O' Lakes high schools ranking 68th and 69th and took home silver awards.
East Lake High was ranked the best high school in Pinellas coming in at No. 70 statewide. Palm Harbor University and Tarpon Springs high school also made the statewide top 100 list. All three earned silver awards.
Hernando's Frank W. Springstead High ranked 151st statewide with a silver award.
A gold award means the school ranks in the top 500 schools for highest college readiness, and a silver award is a notch down for higher performing schools with lower college readiness. Bronze award schools are high-performing schools based on state exam performance.
U.S. News & World Report looks at how each school performs on reading and math state proficiency exams while factoring in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Results of low-income and minority students are cross-referenced with statewide averages to single out high-performing schools.
The report measures college readiness by analyzing a school's participation in Advanced Placement tests and how well students do on those exams. Schools with graduation rates lower than 75 percent are excluded.
Check out the full rankings here.