July 30, 2014

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Avon Lake High among top schools in Ohio

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake High School is among the top high schools in the state, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and the American Institutes for Research.

Avon Lake High School was ranked 21st among the state’s public schools, while Avon High School ranked No. 79. Other local schools on the list were Bay Village at No. 20, Westlake at No. 29 and Olmsted Falls at No. 68.

American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world, used a rankings methodology to examine measurable academic outcomes of the student body. Schools were examined for reading and math results on proficiency tests, while factoring in economically disadvantaged students, to identity schools that were performing better than statistical expectations.

The ranking system also took into account minority students who were performing better than the state’s average, as well as college-readiness performance — using advanced placement or international baccalaureate test data, according to U.S. News’ website.

The analysis included 31,242 public high schools from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Nationally, Avon Lake High School was ranked No. 484.

In Avon Lake, 97 percent of the district’s 1,205 students had proficient math and reading results. Of 65 percent of students who took the AP exams, 42 percent of the study body passed those tests.

Information on schools’ rankings is available at www.usnews.com.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

  • SniperFire

    How do Elyria and Lorain rank, in comparison? These are far and away the largest school markets in the county and in your reader base, C-T. If you want an informed citizenry, why just report part of the story?

    • JustaTech

      They provided a link to the report. They (Lorain and Elyria High) did not make the list.

      • SniperFire

        ‘The analysis included 31,242 public high schools from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.’

        The analysis included every public high school in America. And the link has sublinks to all of the states. Again, why no report from the C-T on the utter failure of Elyria and Lorain public schools?

        • The Thinker

          ‘The analysis included 31,242 public high schools from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.’
          Nowhere does this state the analysis included “every public high school in America”. Just that the public schools included a sample from every state and DC.

          • SniperFire

            ‘Nowhere does this state the analysis included “every public high school in America”.

            That is every high school in America. Are you one of those dopes who believes that unless a Leftist reporter states it, it is not a fact?

          • unclewicked

            Pretty sure it’s about PUBLIC high schools and not EVERY high school as you said.

            I’d love to see the statistics on home schooled bible thumpers who are taught the Flintstones as actual history.

            Yep! The Earth is 6,000 years old and man fought the T-Rex for control of the watering hole.

            #LOL

        • The Thinker

          Elyria High School
          Rankings / Awards

          This details how this school compares with others based on U.S. News ranking criteria.
          Medal Awarded None National Rank Unranked

        • The Thinker

          Maybe if you had actually tried to use the link…

          • SniperFire
          • The Thinker

            I know you’re not this stupid. I get that your thing on here is to be inflammatory and that’s fine. If you’re going to argue you need to remember what you’ve you said. 7 hours ago you wanted to know how Elyria and Lorain RANKED. They were not ranked in the report. I’m aware that they have some information on those districts listed. Where do you think I my numbers from an hour ago when I posted them?

          • SniperFire

            LOL. As a liberal, you aren’t very bright. But I digress.

            ‘the ranking system also took into account minority students who were performing better than the state’s average, as well as college-readiness performance — using advanced placement or international baccalaureate test data, according to U.S. News’ website.

            The analysis included 31,242 public high schools from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.’

            Where do Elyria and Lorain schools rank in this analysis?

          • The Thinker

            Best High Schools
            in Ohio

            “We reviewed 31,242 U.S. public high schools; 244 Ohio schools made our rankings.”

            There are 832 high schools in Ohio and 679 districts in Ohio.

            If only 244 made their rankings then not all schools were ranked.

            As a conservative, you don’t read very well. But I’m not terribly surprised.

            http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/ohio?int=9abb08

          • SniperFire

            I didn’t think you would attempt to answer the question. LOL

          • The Thinker

            Use the link. Navigate the page. Elyria and Lorain are UNRANKED. Just as 588 other high schools in Ohio are unranked. If you’re so eager to prove you’re correct do your own research. The remaining 588 high schools are listed alphabetically.
            Does that answer your question? Am I being clear enough for you? Would it help if I spelled UNRANKED phonetically? Let me know what I can do to help you.

  • golfingirl

    And they didn’t even have to build a new high school to achieve these results!

    • The Thinker

      No they did not but the fact that they are all predominately white and wealthier districts sure doesn’t hurt. Believe it or not PARENTS (particularly homes that consist of both parents) have as much if not more to do with a child’s education as the school that child attends.

      • SniperFire

        Agreed. Do you think ANY population that births 85% of their children out of wedlock and has their men immorally dump the mothers onto the government to raise has ANY hope of ever being self-sufficient, much less successful?

      • golfingirl

        I agree.

    • unclewicked

      You talking PUBLIC high schools?

  • oldruss

    And what does Avon Lake School District spend per pupil? Compare what Avon Lake or Avon Local Schools spend per pupil with Elyria City Schools and Lorain City Schools? What kind of return are the taxpayers in Elyria and Lorain getting?

    • The Thinker

      The math is complicated and not my strong suite. Avon spends the least in terms of amount per student of any district in the state. It is also not an apples to apples comparison. Elyria is an urban district as where Avon is a rural district.

      I am willing to bet Elyria has higher percentage of students in special
      education which requires more special education teachers. I’m further willing to wager that Elyria has higher number of LEP (Limited English Proficient) students as well. I know for a fact Elyria has higher number of what the state calls “economically disadvantaged” (students would for example receive free or reduced lunch, free breakfast, etc) students than Avon. There are many factors that go into figuring out the cost per student and these are just few.

      The fundamental question for me would be is has the district been a good steward ofthe resources they’ve been given? They’ve made cuts. They’ve done more withless fairly consistently. As a district Elyria has shown significant improvement over the last five years. That being said, it is a long term investment. However with the number of elementary schools in Elyria being rated as “Excellent” or “Excellent with Distinction” the potential return on investment looks promising in the years to come.

      • oldruss

        Frankly, you lost me when you said, “Avon is a rural district.”

  • unclewicked

    WE’RE NUMBER 21!

    WE’RE NUMBER 21!

    WE’RE NUMBER 21!

    #lowerexpectations

  • The Thinker

    Elyria High School

    Total Enrollment 1,878
    Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 40%
    Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 66%

    Avon Lake High School

    Total Enrollment 1,205
    Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 6%
    Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 12%

    Avon High School

    Total Enrollment 1,049
    Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 12%
    Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 13%

    Lorain High School

    Total Enrollment 1,906
    Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 70%
    Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 72%

    • oldruss

      Are you trying to say, Thinker, that Minority students or students who are “economically disadvantaged” are somehow inherently less capable than non-minority students or students who are not economically disadvantaged?
      Don’t be so patronizing.

      • SniperFire

        He couldn’t mean that. That would be racist.

      • The Thinker

        I’m simply saying they are more expensive to educate on a per student basis. You wanted to make sure you were getting return on your investment compared to the other districts while attempting to compare districts to others that are comparable.
        Maybe the disconnect in this conversation is I lost you after rural.

        • SniperFire

          ‘I’m simply saying they are more expensive to educate on a per student basis. ‘

          Because they are less capable?

          • The Thinker

            No sir.
            Because 66% and 70% qualify for free or reduced lunch and or breakfast because their parents income is below the poverty line.
            Because Elyria and Lorain have more students who are learning English as a second language than Avon and Avon Lake.
            Maybe you should reread my original post to oldruss for better comprehension.

          • SniperFire

            ‘No sir.’

            Care to prove that?

          • The Thinker

            Prove what?

          • SniperFire

            You were asked twice if you believed minority students were inherently less capable, based on your statistics as you presented them. To which you replied ‘no sir.’ Then you were asked to prove it.

  • Bobby Camera

    Avon Lake also has a higher number of heroin users than Elyria and Lorain.

  • Sis Delish

    Did they consider the quality of school crossing guards in the ratings?

  • Greg White

    Looks like I picked the right city to live in!

  • TheRustyScupper

    Elyria is not nationally ranked.
    But it is 556 out of 753 High Schools in the state of Ohio.
    Pretty dismal.

    • golfingirl

      The 197 High Schools behind Elyria must be real bad.

  • Kasey Tsar

    Great story about the district. Now I wonder when the district will issue a statement about all the rumors going around town about the married elementary school principal who is having an affair with the principal of one of the other elementary schools in the district… Nice that the academics are stellar, would be nice if the same could be said about morals!