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U.S. News and World Report Ranks 5 AISD High Schools Among Best in Nation

LASA, Austin, Anderson, Bowie and McCallum Recognized in Annual List

AUSTIN, Texas-Five Austin Independent School District high schools are among the best in the nation, according to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report. The district's Liberal Arts Science Academy and Anderson, Austin, Bowie and McCallum high schools earned a spot on the publication's list of "Best High Schools."

After evaluating more than 19,400 high schools throughout the United States, U.S. News and World Report ranked: The Liberal Arts and Science Academy 7th in Texas and 37th nationally; Austin High School 112th in Texas and 1080th nationally; Bowie High School 115th in Texas and 1106th nationally; McCallum High School 78th in Texas and 698th nationally; and Anderson High School 59th in Texas and 516th nationally.

"From the arts to STEM, Austin ISD is preparing graduates for success in their many endeavors. I'm very proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff at LASA, Anderson, Austin, Bowie and McCallum," AISD interim Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz said. "We already know AISD has some of the best schools in the nation and are glad to see they are getting the recognition they deserve."

The national rankings are determined through a three-step process. 

U.S. News and World Report explained the first two steps were designed to ensure schools serve all students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. If schools made it past the first two steps, the publication used a third step to assess the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.  

For the full list of rankings, please visit www.usnews.com/highschools.