ROCTON (WIFR) -- Hononegah High School has ranked among the top performing and most challenging high schools in the nation according to the Washington Post and US News and World Report. Although each publication uses various criteria to complete the rankings, they all look at achievement of the students from each high school being ranked.
Out of 27,000 High Schools across the nation, The Washington Post ranked Hononegah at number 1248 and number 42 out of 720 high schools in Illinois on its “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list. The Washington Post calculates the Challenge Index by dividing the number of Advanced Placement Tests taken by the number of graduating seniors. The 2014 ranking is based on results from the 2012-2013 school year. On this year's Challenge Index, Hononegah scored a 1.913, a record for the school district. Only 70 high schools in the state of Illinois made the list and Hononegah was the only regional school to be named.
US News and World Report also used the number of Advanced Placement tests taken by students to rank Hononegah as number 1310 in the Nation and number 52 in Illinois on their “Best High Schools” list. US News and World Report calculated Advanced Placement participation at Hononegah as 35 percent. This past year, 525 Hononegah students took 920 Advanced Placement tests which was an increase from the previous year.