F-M High School named one of the best high schools in nation

— U.S. News & World Report has again named Fayetteville-Manlius High School one of the best high schools in the nation.

In the rankings, released on April 22, F-M High School earned a gold medal. It ranked 472 nationally out of 31,242 U.S. public high schools and 51 out of 1,147 high schools in New York state.

To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must receive a national gold or silver medal. F-M High School in 2013 received a silver medal.

U.S. News teamed up with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world, to produce the 2014 Best High School rankings.

AIR implemented U.S. News's comprehensive rankings methodology, which reflects how well high schools serve all of their students, not just those who are planning to go to college.

According to the U.S. News Best High Schools methodology, a Best High School is one that succeeds at the following:

• Step 1: Attains performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given the school's relative level of student poverty, as measured by state accountability test scores for all the school's students in the ore subjects of reading and math.

• Step 2: Achieves proficiency rates on state tests for their least advantaged student groups that exceed tate averages.

• Step 3: Prepares its students for college, as measured by student participation in and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

Earlier this school year, F-M was ranked second in academics in Western New York Schools by Business First magazine.

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