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Three area high schools make U.S. News and World Report list

Three McHenry County high schools made the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings as top high schools in the state.

Cary-Grove (50), Richmond-Burton (53) and Marengo (61) all made the Illinois rankings, which listed the top 69 high schools in the state.

All three schools scored above or near the Illinois average in student-to-teacher ratio, college readiness, math proficiency and reading proficiency.

The rankings also found Cary-Grove to be the 1,414th best school in the nation, with Richmond-Burton and Marengo ranking 1,593rd and 1,956th, respectively.

“In general, it means we’re doing some things right,” Richmond-Burton Principal Tom Lind said. “We have good students, good teachers and good parents. We’re analyzing the data to see areas where we can improve.”

For the past several years, Richmond-Burton has taken a data-driven approach to student assessment, and teachers go through assessment data weekly to determine who is falling behind and how to help that student succeed.

“By the time you come to Richmond-Burton, you are being prepared for college readiness standards from day one,” Lind said.

The rankings evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. U.S. News, along with the American Institutes for Research, analyzed data from the 2010-11 school year for public high schools with sufficient 12th-grade enrollment data. Nebraska was the only state not counted because it did not provide enough data.

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