A school in our area is enjoying a top honor. Medford High was recently ranked the 6th best high school in the state.
It's an honor handed down from U.S.News & World Report—the best high schools in the nation—and Medford High ranks 6th in Wisconsin.
School leaders say they're honored, but that nothing will change.
"I don't think we are going to focus on the ranking because I don't believe that's what's important. I think educating kids is what's important, making sure they are successful," Medford High School Principal Jill Lybert said.
How did Medford get here? First, student test scores are compared with the state's average. The report also looks at the performance of the school's least-advantaged, defined as minorities and low-income students.
Finally, the report examines the school's AP exams, to see how prepared students are for college.
"It provides recognition, using a national standard, that they definitely deserve," U.S.News & World Report Director of Data Research Robert Morse said.
After it's all stacked up, schools are ranked nationally and statewide. For Medford, being 6th in Wisconsin is an honor.
"I know we are always working towards improving student scores, we are always working towards being better teachers and educators. So to me, it's just a reward for the work and that's self motivating," Medford English teacher Wendy Bdimlija said.
"I'm more proud of the students and the work effort they put forth in the classroom. It's exciting as an educator to be a part of this, but I'm more proud of the students," Medford math teacher Jason Krueger said.
Nationally, Medford scored high as well, ranking near the top quarter of all the high schools surveyed. Ranking officials say Medford has never made the list before.