LaRue County High School receives national honor

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By Gina Clear

LaRue County High School Principal Kyle Goodlett never misses a chance to brag on the accomplishments of his students and staff.

On Tuesday, he was given another reason to smile: The high school was named a bronze level school for U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools.

“Awards are an opportunity to celebrate success and hard work,” Goodlett said. “None of us come to work to win awards. We come to school to work hard and do the right thing, not because it will win us an award. But we are proud to get it.”

The rankings are compiled by the magazine and the American Institutes for Research and honors schools who serve its students well.

More than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were analyzed for academic performance in reading and math, especially in economic disadvantaged students, to determine if schools were gold, silver or bronze level. If those scores were higher than statistically expected, then the school’s least advantaged students – black, Hispanic and low income – were analyzed in the same area. Lastly, the report analyzed students’ college readiness performance by looking at Advanced Placement scores.

The school was one of 19,411 schools to make the list.

“The students truly do some amazing things,” Goodlett said.

Bardstown High School earned a silver level ranking and Breckinridge County High School earned a bronze level ranking, among other honored schools in Kentucky.

Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.