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Kalani ranked best public high school in state

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:46 a.m. HST, Apr 24, 2014

U.S. News & World Report ranked Kalani High School as the best public high school in Hawaii in 2014.

Kalani was cited for its college readiness, math and reading proficiency and student teacher ratio, according to a report released Tuesday.

The school rated a silver medal when compared to other schools nationwide.

McKinley High School, Maui's King Kekaulike High School, and Waialua High and Intermediate School also reached silver medal status.

Eight other Hawaii public schools received national bronze medals. They are the Education Laboratory Public Charter School, James Campbell High School, Keaau High School, Kealakehe High School, Pahoa High & Intermediate, and Kohala High School on the Big Island, Kihei Public Charter School on Maui, and the Myron B. Thompson Academy Public Charter School.

"The rankings are indicative of the high standards we've set for our high school students across the state," said schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "Our educators deserve to be commended for their exceptional efforts in preparing our students for post-secondary success in college, careers or the community."

U.S. News & World Report used a three step process to determine national rankings. They first looked at whether students were performing better than the statistical average student in the state and factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students enrolled at the schools. The magazine then looked at whether the school's least-advantaged students performed better than statistical expectations and then judged the schools that made it through the first two steps on their college readiness performance.

For a complete list of the ranking of Hawaii public schools

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