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2022 U.S. News and World Report Rankings, RRC is #54 in MN

US News Best Schools BadgeRed Rock Central ranked the 54th Best Traditional High School in MN, 3rd highest ranked Rural High School, excluding charter schools and private schools. The U.S. News and World Report annual High School Rankings are now released and can be found on their website. https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/minnesota/districts/red-rock-central-school-district/red-rock-central-secondary-10547

 

“We’re so proud to be recognized for our achievements and so proud of our students and staff, everyone here contributes to making us great. We measure our success in many different ways and this ranking is a testament to the way we’re educating our students and it’s also a way to measure our success against other districts.” Superintendent Todd Lee said. “It’s been a challenging past couple of years for everyone, staff, students, parents and the communities we’re a part of, we all continue to do our best to make the most of it and this is one indication that we’re on the right track.”

 

Area high school rankings are:

  • Red Rock Central, 54th.
  • Tracy Area, 77th.
  • Redwood Valley, 137th.  
  • Murray County Central, 157th.
  • Springfield, 218th.
  • Wabasso, 244th.
  • Mt. Lake, 262nd.
  • Cedar Mountain, 282-414th.
  • Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 282-414th.
  • Windom 282-414th.

After the 282nd ranked school they are no longer ranked individually, and all schools are grouped into a mix of 282nd-414th. *Comfrey is another area school but does not have enough students to qualify for rankings.

 

“While we are aware of other area school rankings, Red Rock Central is not concerned with other area districts’ performance, however, we always want to be the best we can be and the dedication from parents, students and staff members is demonstrated with this ranking.” Lee said. “I would like to thank the school board members for putting our district in a position to be successful and of course thank everyone in our communities for supporting our school district.” “We can call ourselves the Best in Southwest MN!”

 

One of the measures used in the ranking is student assessment scores using the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment Test. Red Rock Central had the highest Reading percentage of any area schools as 84% of our students tested proficient or higher. The state average was 60%. Red Rock Central students also had the highest Math percentage of any area school with 58%, the state average was 40%. Westbrook Walnut Grove students were 27% as a comparison. Murray County Central was the most proficient in Science at 70%. Red Rock Central was 61%, the state average was 50%. The lowest Science scores belonged to Mt. Lake and Wabasso at 35% and 37% respectively.

 

Compared to the state average, Red Rock Central students were 18% higher in Math, 24% higher in Reading and 11% higher in Science.

 

Red Rock Central Secondary Principal Greg Ewing said, “The teachers work so hard to ensure every student learns and this really shows that even in the most challenging couple of years to be an educator, Red Rock Central staff and students continue to excel, I couldn’t be more impressed and prouder of everyone.”

 

The full scores are listed below.

School

Math School

Math State Average

Reading School

Reading State Average

Science School

Science State Average

Math +/- Avg.

Reading +/- Avg.

Science +/- Avg.

Red Rock Central

58

40

84

60

61

50

18

24

11

Tracy

40

40

75

60

68

50

0

15

18

Redwood Valley

37

40

73

60

68

50

-3

13

18

Murray County Central

44

40

77

60

70

50

4

17

20

Springfield

48

40

59

60

41

50

8

-1

-9

Wabasso

47

40

55

60

37

50

7

-5

-13

Mt. Lake

44

40

47

60

35

50

4

-13

-15

Westbrook-Walnut Grove

27

40

76

60

48

50

-13

16

-2

Windom

36

40

44

60

43

50

-4

-16

-7

Cedar Mountain

33

40

62

60

50

50

-7

2

0

Heron Lake

24

40

63

60

40

50

-16

3

-10

Jackson County Central

42

40

40

60

50

50

2

-20

0

 

Voters in Red Rock Central supported a $41 million dollar referendum to build a new PK-12 Building. The plans are being finalized and construction will begin in the Spring of 2023 with a planned opening of Fall 2024. Check the school website for updates.

 

About 2022 Best High Schools:

The 2022 edition of Best High Schools includes a numerical ranking of nearly all public high schools nationwide – almost 18,000 of them. There are rankings within each state and within each census-designated metropolitan area that has three or more high schools, as well as the Best STEM Schools ranking and comprehensive Best Charter Schools and Best Magnet Schools rankings.