U.S. News & World Report

Two Cabarrus County high schools were included in the top 100 of U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools 2019 rankings for the state.

Cox Mill High School was No. 69 on the list and Hickory Ridge High School is No. 84.

The No.1 school on the list is The Early College at Guilford in Greensboro, with Raleigh Charter High School coming in at No.2 and STEM Early College at N.C. A&T, also in Greensboro, at No. 3.

According to its website, the U.S. News & World Report used a methodology that measures student performances and other benchmarks to determine its rankings.

“The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest to lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work,” the website says.

The methodology distribution is as follows:

- College readiness: 30 percent

- Math and reading proficiency: 20 percent

- Math and reading performance: 20 percent

- Underserved student performance: 10 percent

- College curriculum breadth: 10 percent

- Graduation rate: 10 percent

The data collected comes from third party sources; The Common Core of Data, statewide math and reading level assessment tests and high school graduation rates, The College Board and International Baccalaureate.

According to the list, Cox Mill has a 96 percent graduation rate and an enrollment of 1,694 students while Hickory Ridge has a 95 percent graduation rate with an enrollment of 1,713 students.

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