Two Bay District Schools were ranked in the 2013 Best High Schools list recently released by U.S. News & World Report. A. Crawford Mosley High School was ranked number 54 and Rutherford High School was listed at number 76 out of 777 Florida public schools. Only 119 of the schools earned a ranking for which they were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals. Both Bay District high schools earned silver medals along with 56 other schools in the state. There were 31 schools that medalled in gold and 30 in silver.
The rankings place Mosley in the top 5 percent nationally and top 7 percent in the state. National ranking for Rutherford is in the top 8 percent in the country and top 10 percent in Florida.
At the national level, only 4,805 (or 22.8 percent) of the more than 21,000 public high schools in the country made the list. In the national rankings, 500 schools earned gold medals, 1,790 were awarded silver and 2,515 received bronze. Mosley and Rutherford earned their places in the national rankings at 981 and 1,670, respectively.
Data was collected on public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. (Nebraska did not report enough data to be included.) Schools were evaluated schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments and the achievement of minority and economically disadvantaged students. College preparedness was measured by scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate.