Three high schools from
Irving Independent School District have received the Silver Badge Award from
U.S. News and World Report for being named among the country’s top performing
high schools.

MacArthur and Irving High Schools, along with Jack E. Singley Academy, all
received the “Best High School 2012 Silver Badge,” and Singley also won a “Most
Connected” award.  Singley was ranked among the top 4% of high schools in
the country while MacArthur and Irving were both ranked among the top 7.6%.

“We are extremely proud to be among this elite group of high schools,” said
Irving ISD Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden. “It demonstrates the commitment of
our students, teachers and administrators, all working with families to achieve
academic excellence and equity for all.”

The high schools competed against more than 22,000 high schools in 49 states
and the District of Columbia.  Many of the top-ranked schools screen and
select individual students based on academic qualifications.  Irving and
MacArthur high schools take all students within their geographic zones and
Singley bases its enrollment on a lottery to maintain its diverse
character.  Irving High School has 87% minority enrollment, Singley 86%
and MacArthur 79%.

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

To produce the rankings,
U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for
Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research
organizations in the world.  AIR implemented U.S. News’s comprehensive
rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high
school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound,
and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes.

A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps
ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on
state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past
the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare
students for college-level work. 

Print Friendly