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Hammondsport is named one of the 'best high schools'

HAMMONDSPORT—Hammondsport’s junior and senior high school has been added to the U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best High Schools in December of 2009, earning a bronze medal.
Hammondsport is one of 69 schools in New York to be awarded the bronze medal this year. Principal Tad Rounds explained this list is published each year by U.S. News and World Report. He said that schools’ data are pulled from state records. He explained a formula is used with the data to place the schools on the different lists: bronze to gold medal.
“The rankings were based upon our student body scoring statistically better than the average student in New York state, and our subgroups outperforming other subgroups in math and English Language Arts,” said Rounds about Hammondsport’s bronze medal.
U.S. News was a newspaper that started in 1933 and World Report was a magazine that was first published in 1939. In 1948 the two publications merged. U.S. News and World Report started ranking schools in 1983 with colleges and universities.
New York is also ranked fifth in the country because of schools honored on the list. A total of 30 New York schools got silver medals, and 23 got gold medals. There were no Yates or Schuyler County schools on the lists. The  only other nearby school to be awarded a bronze medal this year was Prattsburgh Central School District. Rounds explained Hammondsport is already implementing ways to make it eligible for a silver or gold medal in the future.
Rounds explained the list also looked at what AP courses schools offered to students. He said that because Hammondsport does not offer enough AP classes, they were only eligible for bronze. Rounds said the school board has already approved AP and ACE courses for Spanish and statistics.
“We’re removing barriers for students,” said Rounds, explaining the cost for an AP exam will be covered for students as well.
He added that because the data used to determine the rankings is public, the staff knows the areas that need improvement.

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