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'Chicago' Magazine Ranking Omits Evanston Schools

The magazine released its annual list of 'best schools' in Cook County today. Evanston Township High School did not make the list of top high schools, and no District 65 schools were listed in the elementary ranking.

The very best schools in suburban Cook County do not include Evanston Township High School or District 65 schools, according to rankings released by Chicago Magazine this week.

Using a formula based on spending per student, student-teacher ratio and scores on state tests, among other factors, the magazine issued rankings of the top ten elementary schools and top ten high schools in suburban Cook County.

The top three elementary schools were Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Middlefork School in Northfield and Greeley School in Winnetka. The highest-ranked high schools were Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, New Trier High School in Winnetka and Prospect High School in Mount Prospect.

While Evanston schools did not make Chicago Magazine's list, Evanston Township High School recently ranked No. 17 in the state on a list issued by U.S. News & World Report this May. And in 2010, Chicago Magazine published rankings of all the elementary schools in suburban Cook County. District 65's Willard Elementary School, Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School, Haven Middle School and Lincolnwood Elementary School made the top 100.

Eric Lieberman August 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Chicago Magazine relied on "data from state report cards for the 2010-11 academic year (the most recent available)". Can someone point me to a site where this report card data can be found, especially ETHS's report card? Thanks, Eric
Richard Schulte August 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM
"Using a formula based on spending per student, student-teacher ratio and scores on state tests, among other factors, the magazine issued rankings of the top ten elementary schools and top ten high schools in suburban Cook County." Violence was not even a part of the evaluation.
Dan August 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM
@Eric This is a link to the Illinois School Report Cards. http://iirc.niu.edu/School.aspx?schoolid=050162020170001
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Thanks for passing that on, Dan!
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 03:46 PM
That's an interesting point, Richard, although the top schools in their ranking are also ones where there is little violence, I believe. Chicago Magazine has some more detailed info on the rankings formula here: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/September-2012/Best-Public-Schools-in-Chicago-and-the-Suburbs-How-We-Ranked-Them/
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Thanks for digging that up, Dan!
Eric Lieberman August 17, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Thanks to Dan for sending me a link to the school reports. You can see Evanston compared to a group of Cook County Schools (ones that I selected) here: http://iirc.niu.edu/CompareSchools.aspx?schoolID=050162020170001 . You can go to the home page to build your own comparisons.

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