From a press release issued December 5, 2016:
"For the second year in a row, the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has been named the top school system in Maryland by Niche.com, a national education and community analysis firm.
The 2017 Best School Districts in Maryland rankings give HCPSS an overall grade of A+ and rank Howard County public schools #1 for “Best School Districts in Maryland,” #1 for “Districts with the Best Teachers,” #1 for “Best Places to Teach in Maryland,” #1 for “Safest School District in the Baltimore Metro,” and #1 in “Best School Districts for Athletes in Maryland” among Maryland’s 24 public school systems.
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The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has been ranked the top public school district in the state of Maryland for 2017, according to a report released this week by Niche.com, an education and community analysis firm.
Niche.com scored school districts based on factors that included college readiness, graduation rates, state test scores, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, expert insights and other parameters.
This year, HCPSS improved over last year’s Niche.com rankings of the best public high schools in Maryland. Nine high schools are listed among the top 25 in the state, up from eight schools in 2016.
Additionally, Niche.com ranked HCPSS high schools among the top public high schools in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. All 12 HCPSS high schools are ranked within the top 25 high schools on the list, with several moving up in the rankings. Notably, the top six public high schools in the Baltimore Metropolitan region are HCPSS high schools.
The complete school district rankings can be viewed online at https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-school-districts/best-overall/s/maryland. The public high school state ranking can be found at https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/best-overall/s/maryland. The Baltimore Metropolitan Area public high school rankings are available at https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/best-overall/m/baltimore-metro-area."