By Jon Meoli, firstname.lastname@example.org
4:55 PM EDT, May 15, 2012
The George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology led three Towson-area high schools ranked among the top 15 in Maryland — as rated by the most recent rankings by US News & World Report.
Carver, which was ranked the 11th-best school in Maryland, was the second-highest ranked school in Baltimore County, behind Eastern Tech (No. 9 statewide). Carver was also ranked No. 242 nationally.
Dulaney High School checked in at No. 13 in the state and No. 264 in the country, and it slotted one spot behind Carver in the Baltimore County Public Schools rankings.
Towson High School was ranked as the 14th-best school in the state and No. 267 in the country. Last year, Towson was honored as a national Blue Ribbon School by theU.S. Department of Education.
The survey, published May 8 on the US News website, considered a number of factors including Advanced Placement performance, overall student performance and "proficiency on state exams among typically underperforming subgroups."
The report also included a "college readiness" ranking that included students' scores on "exams to earn college credit and (who) demonstrate success at college-level course work."
For Carver, US News said 95 percent of students are proficient in English studies; 96 percent in algebra and had a 57 rating for college readiness.
US News noted that for the entire school district, the average is 85 percent for English; 86 percent for Algebra and a 25.2 rating for college readiness.
Dulaney High's rankings in those categories is 96 percent for English proficiency; 96 percent for algebra and 55.1 ranking for college readiness.
The rating for Towson High was 98 percent for English proficiency; 98 percent for algebra and a ranking of 55.0 for college readiness.
In all three schools, the participation rate for Advanced Placement classes is above 60 percent.
Four other county schools were ranked in the top-50 for Maryland: Hereford High School (No. 22), Catonsville High School (No. 25), Western Tech (No. 39), and Loch Raven High School (No. 49).