Thanks to U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings of U.S. public high schools, Wichita East High School now stands out as not only the biggest high school in Kansas but also the best. That is a great new point of pride for USD 259 as well as for East and its 130 full-time teachers and 2,300 students. The evaluation took into account test scores and academic rigor, including that of East’s International Baccalaureate program and Advanced Placement courses, as well as schools’ effectiveness in educating at-risk students. At East, 67 percent of students are minorities and 68 percent are economically disadvantaged. Congratulations to East and its fellow silver-medal winner, second-ranked Liberal High School, as well as to the 30 Kansas public high schools accorded bronze medals, including Andover Central, Belle Plaine, Goddard, Haven, Hesston, Hutchinson and Sedgwick. There was no cause for celebration in the state-by-state rankings, unfortunately: Only the Dakotas, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked below Kansas in how many of its high schools earned gold or silver medals.
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