See how Berks middle and elementary schools fared on the U.S. News & World Report rankings

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Oct. 15—They've been doing it for colleges, they've been doing it for high schools.

Now, the folks at U.S. News & World Report have set their sites on institutions that serve younger students and Berks schools have made the rankings.

The media company recently released a report rating elementary and middle schools across the country. While schools are not ranked nationally like college and high schools are, they are ranked within each of the 50 states.

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The rankings are by no means a be-all-end-all for determining the quality of schools. They are based primarily on how students have performed on state standardized testing.

The metrics used by U.S. News & World Report to rank schools are:

— Percentage of students to test proficient or better in reading.

— Percentage of students to test proficient or better in math.

— The percentage of students to test proficient in reading compared with the percentage U.S. News & World Report predicted for it.

— The percentage of students to test proficient in math compared with the percentage U.S. News & World Report predicted for it.

The predicted percentages used are calculated scientifically based on each school's economic and ethnic diversity and these subgroups' relationship to elementary school reading or math proficiency in the state.

In Pennsylvania, a total of 939 middle schools were ranked. Six Berks County schools made the top 250.

— #41 — Boyertown Middle School East, Boyertown School District.

— #122 — Wyomissing Junior-Senior High School, Wyomissing School District.

— #167 — Gov. Mifflin Intermediate School, Gov. Mifflin School District.

— #177 — Boyertown Middle School West, Boyertown School District.

— #208 — Twin Valley Middle School, Twin Valley School District.

— #218 — Wilson West Middle School, Wilson School District.

A total of 1,752 elementary schools were ranked in Pennsylvania. Thirteen schools in Berks districts were listed in the top 500.

— #134 — Earl Elementary School, Boyertown School District.

— #287 — Kutztown Elementary School, Kutztown School District.

— #303 — Robeson Elementary Center, Twin Valley School District.

— #325 — Gilbertsville Elementary School, Boyertown School District.

— #344 — Shiloh Hills Elementary School, Wilson School District.

— #357 — West Reading Elementary Center, Wyomissing School District.

— #358 — Wyomissing Hills Elementary Center, Wyomissing School District.

— #388 — Honey Brook Elementary Center, Twin Valley School District.

— #394 — Spring Ridge Elementary School, Wilson School District.

— #399 — Brandywine Heights Elementary School, Brandywine Heights School District.

— #435 — Conrad Weiser East Elementary School, Conrad Weiser School District.

— #462 — Pine Forge Elementary School, Boyertown School District.

— #495 — Twin Valley Elementary Center, Twin Valley School District.

Four of the top 10 middle schools in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report's rankings, are in the Philadelphia School District. The top 10 are:

— #1 — Masterman Julia R. Secondary School, Philadelphia School District.

— #2 — Penn Alexander School, Philadelphia School District.

— #3 — Jefferson Middle School, Mount Lebanon School District.

— #4 — Gamp, Philadelphia School District.

— #5 — Boyce Middle School, Upper St. Clair School District.

— #6 — South Fayette Middle School, South Fayette School District.

— #7 — Carver HS, Philadelphia School District.

— #8 — Bala-Cynwyd Middle School, Lower Merion School District.

— #9 — Fort Couch Middle School, Upper St. Clair School District.

— #10 — Mellon Middle School, Mount Lebanon School District.

A full list of the Pennsylvania middle school rankings can be found at usnews.com/education/k12/middle-schools/pennsylvania.

The top 10 elementary schools in the state were:

— #1 — Fairview Elementary School, Fox Chapel School District.

— #2 — Bower Hill Elementary School, Peters School District.

— #3 — Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Peters School District.

— #4 — Markham Elementary School, Mount Lebanon School District.

— #5 — Howard Elementary School, Bald Eagle School District.

— #6 — McCullough Elementary School — Penn-Trafford School District.

— #7 — Sunrise Elementary School — Penn-Trafford School District.

— #8 — Sabold Elementary School, Springfield School District.

— #9 — Ohara Elementary School, Fox Chapel School District.

— #10 — Foster Elementary School, Mount Lebanon School District.

A full list of the Pennsylvania elementary school rankings can be found at usnews.com/education/k12/elementary-schools/pennsylvania.

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