SALYERSVILLE - The sign is up and it's official: Magoffin County High School has, yet, again, been named one of "America's Best."
U.S. News and World Report gave Magoffin County High School a bronze medal award in the "Best High Schools" in the state category this year, repeating history. This is the second time MCHS has been honored with this award since the magazine started creating these rankings, first published in 2007.
The rankings take into consideration test scores, college readiness and poverty. To achieve a bronze rating, MCHS had to attain performance levels above and beyond the expectations given to the school's level of student poverty, as measured by state accountability test scores for all the school's students in the core subjects of math and reading. Furthermore, MCHS had to achieve proficiency rates on state tests for their least advantaged student groups that exceed state averages.
With only 22 percent of high schools nation-wide receiving award status, MCHS held a 2.5 math proficiency level (above the Kentucky average), 2.7 reading proficiency (near the Kentucky average), an AP@ participation rate of 22 percent and 82 percent of the students economically disadvantaged. The student-teacher ratio is smaller than the Kentucky average at 15-to-1, and the school holds a 6.1 college readiness index, which is below the state average (14.8). The magazine used data from the 2010-2011 school year to calculate the award rankings.
"People may send their kids all over to school but this just proves we are one of America's best," MCHS Principal Tony Skaggs said. "It makes us feel good that all of our hard work to ensure our kids are successful really pays off."
Other high schools in the region that also received the bronze award include: Allen Central High School, Betsy Layne High School, East Ridge High School, Morgan County High School, Phelps High School, and Pike County Central High School.
MCHS was also recognized earlier this year for the "National High School Spirit of Sport Award" from the National Federation of State High Schools for their returned support of the Logan County High School girls basketball team. When the March 2, 2012 tornado ripped through Magoffin, Logan County supported the Lady Hornets at the game they played at state. In August, MCHS returned the favor by traveling five hours to support Logan County at their first home game of the season.
Congratulations, Magoffin County High School!