Newly released ratings are giving Minnesota school officials a sense of optimism. The state released its Multiple Measurement Ratings on Tuesday. Nearly 560 schools increased their test scores by at least ten percentage points over last year, but more than 500 saw their scores drop by 10 points or more. In addition, more than two-dozen schools that ranked near the bottom in 2012 were able to be taken off the “Priority” and “Focus” lists of low-performing schools. Local schools that received high rankings include: New Ulm High School, Sleepy Eye Elementary School, Springfield Elementary, GFW High School, and Red Rock Central High School.
US News and World Report has released its latest list showing the Best High Schools in Minnesota, and some local schools that are among the top 5% in the state. Mahtomedi High School was ranked Number 1 in Minnesota. Local schools among the top 50 out of the 772 public high schools in the state include: Red Rock Central at Number 25, GFW High School at Number 28, St. Peter High School at Number 34, and Wabasso at Number 45. These rankings also put these schools among the top 10% in the nation.