The first step determined whether each school's students were performing better than statistically expected for students in that state.
For schools passing the first step, Step 2 assessed whether their historically underserved students – black, Hispanic and low-income – performed at or better than the state average for historically underserved students.
For schools passing the first and second step, Step 3 required schools to meet or surpass a benchmark for their graduation rate.
Schools that made it through the first three steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance – using Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmark for success.
Here's how the Top 10 shook out:
10) Turpin High School, Cincinnati Forest Hills Local 98 percent graduation rate 66.1 college readiness
9) Orange High School, Lewis Olentangy Local 98 percent graduation rate 66.9 college readiness
8) Hudson High School, Hudson Hudson City 98 percent graduation rate 67 college readiness
7) Dublin Jerome High School, Dublin Dublin City 98 percent graduation rate 67.1 college readiness
6) Madeira High School, Cincinnati Madeira City 98 percent graduation rate 67.7 college readiness
5) Ottawa Hills High School, Toledo Ottawa Hills Local 98 percent graduation rate 69.2 college readiness
4) Bexley High School, Bexley Bexley City 95 percent graduation rate 74.5 college readiness
3) Indian Hill High School, Cincinnati Indian Hill Exempted Village 98 percent graduation rate 75.3 college readiness
2) Wyoming High School, Wyoming Wyoming City 98 percent graduation rate 85 college readiness
1) Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati Cincinnati Public Schools 98 percent graduation rate 85.7 college readiness