Top Ranked Public Schools in the US

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  • The top ranked public schools in each state are listed below (2020).
  • Overall school rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking. Schools are ranked and compared within their own state only.
  • Note that individual states determine criteria for 'proficiency' according to their own tests - proficiency percentages should not be compared across states due to the differing tests and criteria applied between each state.

Top 10 Schools In Each State By Overall Rank (2020)

State
Average Math Proficiency % / Average Reading Proficiency %)
School Rank (Math Proficiency % / Reading Proficiency %)
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Overall rank should not be compared across states - A huge variation in how states defined "proficiency" on their standardized tests. In states with the lowest expectations, "proficiency" was even three to four grade levels below proficiency in states with the highest expectations. That means that fourth-grade expectations in one state could be equivalent to seventh- or eighth-grade expectations in another.