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Boardman’s high ranks explained

May 14, 2019
The Town Crier

Last week, U.S. News and World Report released its rankings of top high schools in the nation and state. Boardman was ranked as number 54 out of over 900 Ohio schools. Involved in the overall scores, roughly 30 percent involved college readiness, using articipation and performance on the AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) tests.

"This score is based upon AP results which are an absolute strength of Boardman HS," said Superintendent Tim Saxton. "In fact, if you compare this metric with the Mahoning County schools who are ranked above us, we outscored them all in this area."

Another factor is the reading and math proficiency, which accounts for close to 40 percent of the scoring. Saxton said the scoring comes from the state assessment, but in Boardman, those numbers come from good results. He said the district-wide curricular programs that have been implemented are helping Boardman trend in the right direction.

As to underserved student performance, which accounted for 10 percent of the score, Saxton said, "This is a rating on minority on poverty performance. We have always scored well in this area. At Boardman, we believe all students can learn."

The final area affected for this score was college curriculum breadth. This involved the wide array of course offerings, and AP classes that Boardman has, which is a high number compared to other Valley schools.

"That is the blessing of having a large district," Saxton said. "We are able to offer a wider range of course offerings over most other schools in our area."



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