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Carson school among state’s best


Carson’s California Academy of Mathematics ranked 10th statewide and 100th nationally among the best high schools, according to ratings released recently by U.S. News & World Report. The local campus has a college readiness index of 82.6 percent.

Whitney High School in Cerritos was selected as the state’s best high school. The campus in the ABC Unified School District ranked 19th nationally and boasts a 100-percent graduation rate.

The rankings were based on language and math proficiency tests; whether Black, Hispanic and low-income students performed better than their peers in their states; and, for the first time, graduation rates.

“A high school education is imperative for success in both college and a career, and a school’s graduation rate is a key indicator of whether students are being effectively prepared for both paths,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News. “The 2016 Best High Schools rankings provide students and parents with data-driven information on public schools to help them make better-informed decisions about their education.”

The college readiness index was based on the percentage of students who participated in advanced placement or international baccalaureate programs.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas as tops in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row.