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ETHS Ranked No. 17 in Listing of State's Best High Schools

The school was also ranked nationally, but the report highlighted Evanston's achievement disparity, as well.

Evanston Township High School comes in 17th place for top Illinois high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report. The rankings were released as part of the Best High School rankings, now in its fourth edition according to the Huffington Post.

The rankings were drawn from a pool of 22,000 public high schools in 49 states as well as the District of Columbia, and methodology included test scores, state assessments and college-level coursework, such as AP or IB programs.

For student/teacher ratio,  scored 13:1. For college readiness, the report noted that Evanston Township is above the Illinois average, with 57 percent of students taking AP tests and 44 percent passing AP tests.

However, the ranking also highlighted the disparity in achievement at ETHS, as the school was one of only two listed in the top 20 Illinois high schools to also have more than 35 percent of students deemed "not proficient" in reading and math.

In Illinois, Northside College Preparatory High School took the top spot, followed by Walter Payton College Preparatory High School and Jones College Prep. Nearby Deerfield High School was ranked No. 7; Highland Park was ranked No. 12; New Trier High School was ranked No. 13; Lake Forest High School was ranked No. 15; and Glenbrook North High School was ranked No. 19.

What do you think? Is that a fair ranking for ETHS? Do you think it should it have been higher or lower?

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Richard Schulte May 09, 2012 at 12:23 PM
"However, the ranking also highlighted the disparity in achievement at ETHS, as the school was one of only two listed in the top 20 Illinois high schools to also have more than 35 percent of students deemed "not proficient" in reading and math." I guess this statistics is more a reflection on the elementary public education system in Evanston, than on ETHS. Nonetheless, it's still an embarrassment for the public education system in Evanston.
Ellen May 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Separate districts are poorly coordinated and only in Illinois are high schools and elementary schools separate districts.! MORE TO THE POINT: There is still a vital role for family values; i.e. reading to young children, extended parent child conversations at every opportunity, plus family counting and number games. Also--parents: turn OFF your cell. (I will never forget, riding the El, seeing a 6 ish little boy trying to talk to his mom about all the sights he was seeing out the windows.. She was, however, on her phone. In sum, ETHS tries hard. It cannot replace family language development, or poor elementary school coordination witih high schools.
D65 Mom May 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
We need to realize what is driving the achievement gap today. Certainly, underinvolved parenting (beginning at infancy and continuing through preschool years, elementary school and middle school) is part of the cause. But consider this. District 65 is test happy. Every single day is a grading opportunity. Teachers test, test, test and then pound the grades into the online reporting system. Of course, some of this is standardized testing. Some of this nonstop testing, however, comes from District 65 administration, the teachers or both because it is not standardized testing. Either the administration, the teachers or both are solely focused on getting grades out of these kids. Actually teaching them anything is ignored. Books don't come home. But access to online resources is spotty at best as teachers distribute login and password information, only to find (on a heavy homework night) that the information is wrong. The teacher promises to send the correct access information (several times) but it never materializes. What is a frustrated parent to do to help a frustrated student complete the flood of homework based on these books? Buy the books, of course. With test after test, when and where does true learning take place? It must take place at home, as well as in extracurricular activities. That's my experience in D65. Is it any wonder that children in poverty don't fare well in a system that relies on parents to be their children's only teachers?
annie May 11, 2012 at 03:59 AM
When books "don't come home", its hardly the teachers fault. When the info never materializes, who is at blame? the teacher or your child? Its the child who is not bringing home the books or the homework. I have heard the "I don't have any homework" statement quite few times myself, only to find out quite a different story at parent teacher conference time. It has nothing to do with poverty. Online is a resource. If a parent has a question, they need to get over to the school and find out the real story from the teachers. Surely, the parent has an idea, if they attend the parent teacher conferences. Phone calls work well too, and if a teacher doesn't return your call, email or call them again. I have found all teachers in both districts were there whenever I had a question. The teachers have a pretty good idea what the student is or is not doing at school. They see our children 7 hours a day. As far as ETHS being #17, I am delighted and we should celebrate instead of looking at (once again) the negatives. Its a great school and if a child wants a good education, they can definitely get it there.
Kymara Chase April 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM
ETHS is rank 17th in the State 2012, based on 65% of its students while 35% of the students are low proficient with a 13-1 teacher student ratio. When I was in school 65% was failing am I missing something? Is this why we are only interested in the 1%? OK, now we should go BLAME everyone again, cause we certainly have no solutions. I am so proud

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