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Dobyns-Bennett High School makes Newsweek Best High Schools List

Marybeth McLain, contributor • May 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

KINGSPORT -- Dobyns-Bennett High School has been named by Newsweek magazine and The Daily Beast as one of America’s Best High Schools.

Only 2,000 public high schools were included on the Newsweek and The Daily Beast 2013 America’s Best High Schools list out of more than 24,500 public high schools in the country.For the last two years, Newsweek and The Daily Beast considered the nation’s high schools that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. Each year, they have fine-tuned their methodology slightly, but stayed true to the following factors that have proven to be the best indicators of college readiness: graduation rates, participation in college-level classes via Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, and acceptance into a two- or four-year college.All data submitted was from the 2011-2012 school year. The full methodology is based off of six components: Four-year, on-time graduation rate (25 percent); Percent of 2011 graduates who were accepted to college (25 percent); AP/IB.AICE tests per student (25 percent); Average SAT and/or ACT score (10 percent); Average AP/IB/AICE exam score (10 percent); and Percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked in the top six (6) percent (1,425) of all U.S. High Schools.D-B only administers AP tests and does not offer an IB program. Approximately 524 Advanced Placement tests were administered to D-B students in 2012. The number of seniors graduating from D-B in 2012 was 415.

Of Dobyns-Bennett High School students who completed an AP test, 81.4 percent scored at least a three or above. An AP exam score ranging from a three to a five qualifies students for college credit in the subject area. The average score for all AP tests taken by D-B students was 3.6 in 2012.“We are extremely proud that Dobyns-Bennett has once again been recognized as one of America’s best high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine,” said Dr. Lyle Ailshie, Kingsport City Schools superintendent. “I believe this recognition is a true testament of the hard work our students, faculty and staff put in year round. Newsweek’s Best High Schools listing demonstrates the importance of Advanced Placement classes in our schools, providing the opportunity for our students to have a world education and college credit before college.”This is the eighth time D-B has been named to the Newsweek List. The lists were published in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and now 2013. Eighteen Tennessee schools were ranked on the 2013 listing. Visit www.thedailybeast.com for a complete listing of the 2,000.

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