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PMSA Ranked Among Top Illinois High Schools By National Website

January 15, 2016 02:10 PM
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy recently was listed as the 11th best high school in the state of Illinois by, a national school ranking site.
The site uses data from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and compares schools from across the country. According to the data, PMSA ranked above 98.2 percent of Illinois’ high schools with an average proficiency rating of 78.5 percent on the English Language Arts portion of the PARCC exam.  In the rankings, PMSA climbed to 11th out of the 612 ranked high schools in Illinois, up from 27th out of 669 in 2014. is the latest list where PMSA has been counted among the top schools. In the 2014-2015 school year, PMSA received a Bronze ranking on the Best High Schools in the United States list by U.S. News and World Report magazine. It was among 2,688 schools in the nation to get the ranking based on a formula that determined whether its students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state on reading and math proficiency tests. In addition, PMSA was ranked among the best high schools in Illinois and the nation by Newsweek magazine in September 2014, ranking 10th among the 16 Illinois schools that made the overall top list and 65th in the country and third among Illinois high schools in the Newsweek’s "Beating the Odds" rankings, which factor in a school's college readiness ranking and its level of poverty. 
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that it is an honor to receive the recognition.
"I celebrate and acknowledge my teachers who made this happen, and the students who respected and embraced the changes that our leadership team brought to the school," she said. "The recognition motivates us to work even harder to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of all of our students to eventually achieve the number one ranking in the state of Illinois."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she is proud of the recognition of PMSA.
"The faculty and students should be proud of their achievement, something they have worked hard to accomplish," she said. "This achievement is reflective of the quality instruction there, and we congratulate PMSA on receiving this recognition."
Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff at PMSA! 


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