Local schools fare well in new rankings

April 13, 2018 GMT

Sixteen local schools were honored this week as part a new ranking of Minnesota’s education system, headlined by Byron Public School being slotted No. 7 in the Top 100 list.

Wayzata sits atop the new ranking, while Edina, Minnetonka, Waconia and Mahtomedi round out the top five in the new report compiled by BackgroundChecks.org. The rankings were compiled by evaluating student performance in math and science, dropout rates, school funding and poverty rates.

Byron was the only local school to finish inside the Top 10, but other districts performed well under the given metrics. Houston finished No. 15, while Zumbrota-Mazeppa (16), Kasson-Mantorville (27), Stewartville (32), Pine Island (37) and St. Charles (47) were all on the Top 50.

Rochester Public Schools came in at No. 85.

Other schools on the Top 100 list include: Northfield (52), Lyle (59), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (61), Dover-Eyota (75), Wabasha-Kellogg (77), Hayfield (90), Red Wing (98) and Cannon Falls (99).

BackgroundCheck.com collected data from nearly 10,000 school districts across the country before issuing its findings.

Those rankings follow up on U.S. News & World Report’s own study that ranked Minnesota as the seventh-best state for pre-K education quality. It ranked the North Star State inside the Top in math scores (3), reading scores (6), pre-K quality (6) and pre-school enrollment (9).