MV Earns Bronze Medal

MV Earns Bronze Medal
Posted on 2/1/2008
Bronze Medal

Moon Valley High School was recently awarded a Bronze Medal by U.S. News & World Report. Student college readiness was evaluated in nearly 18,000 schools in 40 states by the independent research firm S c h o o l M a t t e r s ,  There were 24 schools awarded across Arizona, including six out of nine schools in our own Glendale Union High School District.

Criteria used to determine the top schools are based on data derived from the 2005-2006 school year. Levels of achievement included Gold for the top 100 schools, Silver for the next 405 and Bronze to 1,086 additional schools, Moon Valley among them. Professional analyses began by comparing state math and reading results on all students in each school, which were then factored using a formula that accounted for the percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Schools that performed higher than expected went on to the next level.

Three steps were developed to determine how the schools performed. Schools that made it past the first hurdle were then studied to find whether traditionally disadvantaged students performed better than similar students in the state. This group’s math and reading results were compared against state group results and the schools with higher-than-average performance were selected.

The final judging was college-readiness performance, which used Advanced Placement assessment data. Schools who produced the highest percentage of students who both participated and passed with an AP score of 3 or higher were awarded a medal.

Congratulations to MV students and teachers who earned this honor!