Education

Hanford, Richland high schools tops on private school rankings website

Hanford High School was ranked by a private website as the best public high school in the state based on some of its standardized test scores. Richland High School made it into the top 5.

The rankings were put out by schooldigger.com. A combination of each school’s average scores on the state’s algebra end-of-course exam and reading assessment determined the rankings.

More than 300 schools were included in the rankings, including most Mid-Columbia high schools. Prosser High School was not included because of missing data, the website said.

Test score data is public information and many groups and individuals request it, state school officials said, but they declined to comment on the rankings on the website.

“I can’t speak to their methodology,” said Kristen Jaudon, spokeswoman with the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. “What they do with the data is all them.”

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