By John McLoone
Hastings High School was ranked as the 29th best public high school in Minnesota.
US News & World Report annually produces the Best High Schools Rankings. Hastings received an overall score of 88.7 out of 100. Schools are ranked on their performance on staterequired tests, graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college, according to US News.
According to the Hastings data scorecard, the district had:
•A graduation rate of 97 percent.
•Science proficiency of 73 percent.
•Reading proficiency of 70 percent.
•Mathematics proficiency of 63 percent.
In addition, 42 percent of eligible students took at least one Advanced Placement exam, and 31 percent have passed an AP exam.
US News listed 414 high schools in Minnesota.
Locally, Hastings High fared well. Park High School in Cottage Grove was ranked 90th in the state, while Cannon Falls was 42nd and Red Wing was 163rd. Apple Valley High School was 49th, and Rosemount was 17th.
The top 30 public high schools in Minnesota, by US News rank, were: 1. Math and Science Academy, Woodbury
2. Nova Classical Academy Upper School, St. Paul
3. Eagle Ridge Academy, Minnetonka
4. Orono Senior High School, Long Lake
5. Minnetonka Senior High School
6. Wayzata High School
7. Edina Senior High School
8. Easteview Senior High School, Apple Valley
9. Eagan Senior High School
10. Mahtomedi Senior High School
11. Woodbury High School
12. East Ridge High School, Woodbury
13. Mounds View Senior High School, Arden Hill
14. St. Anthony Village Senior High School
15. MoundWestonka High School, Minnetrista
16. Treknorth High School, Bemidji
17. Rosemount Senior High School
18. Sartell Senior High School
19. Lakeville South High School
20. Irondale Senior High School, New Brighton
21. Andover High School
22. Central Senior High School, St. Paul
23. Harbor City International Charter, Duluth
24. Eden Prairie Senior High School
25. St. Charles Secondary
26. Maple Grove Senior High School
27. Stillwater Area High School
28. Jefferson Senior High School, Bloomingto
29. Hastings High School
30. Delano High School