The last two graduating classes at Evanston Township High School recorded achievement scores that were remarkably similar, according to a report to be reviewed tonight by the District 202 School Board.

In a comparison of the Class of 2017 and the Class of 2018 on nine measurements, the most recent class beat the preceding year’s class on five of them, while falling slightly short on the other four.

The widest discrepancy was the percentage that met one or more indicators of proficiency in mathematics. Some 84 percent of the Class of 2018 met one or more of those indicators, compared with 80 percent of the previous year’s class.

The difference was much narrower in comparison of proficiency in English/language arts, where the Class of 2018 scored 68 percent, compared with 66 percent for the Class of 2017.

The Class of 2017 beat the Class of 2018 on the percentage that participated in at least one extracurricular activity at 83 percent, compared with 77 percent of the Class of 2018.

The Class of 2017 did slightly better in meeting at least three standards of college readiness, at 65 percent, compared with 64 percent for the Class of 2018.

In other measurements, the Class of 2017 experienced an average attendance rate of 95 percent, compared with 93 percent for the Class of 2018, and the most recent class did slightly better than the 2017 class in the percentage of its members with a grade point average of 2.8, at 65 percent, compared with 63 percent for the Class of 2017.

On graduation rates, the Class of 2017 did better on the four-year rate, at 92.3 percent, compared with 91.1 percent for the Class of 2018, but the latter did better on the five-year graduation rate, at 93.8 percent, compared with 93.3 percent for 2017.

On the behavioral front, the Class of 2018 had 79 percent with no more than four behavioral referrals during their four years at ETHS, compared with 80 percent for the Class of 2017.

In the report, which is available on the ETHS website, the scores are broken down by race, gender, economic level, and special education students for each class.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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