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Mid-Prairie makes the grade

By Xiomara Levsen | Apr 25, 2013

WELLMAN—Mid-Prairie High School received rankings from two different national lists which showed the students’ educational achievements.
“We’re honored to be included on these lists,” Mid-Prairie High School principal Gerry Beeler said. “It’s a tribute to the students and staff for all the hard work they’ve done.”
Each ranking used a different set of criteria, Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider said.
The first ranking came from The Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.
Mid-Prairie High School was ranked sixth out of seven high schools listed from the state of Iowa. The ranking was derived from an index of scores from the number of college-level tests taken at the school in 2012, and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career.
Currently, Mid-Prairie offers seven college courses at the high school, Beeler said.
The second ranking came from U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best High Schools in 2013. On this list Mid-Prairie was ranked sixth out of 20 Iowa high schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Web site.
This ranking was taken from data collected on over 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
“The U.S. News was on the student-to-teacher ratio, the AP placement test, and the students’ reading and math proficiency,” Schneider said.  
This ranking showed that Mid-Prairie High School students were 88 percent proficient in math and 85 percent proficient in reading.
“It just shows our community that we continue to stress academics in the district,” Schneider said. “It also tells our parents and the community how important their support is to us.”

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