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D65 celebrates test results

District 65 officials are celebrating after three of the district's schools scored among the top 50 in the metro area in a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of Illinois Standards Achievement Test data

District 65 officials are celebrating after three of the district's schools scored among the top 50 in the metro area in a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of Illinois Standards Achievement Test data

Two District 65 elementary schools are among the suburban top 50 elementary schools.  Dewey ranked 23rd and Lincolnwood 47th.

Bessie Rhodes, one of the district’s k-8 schools, was eligible for ranking in both the elementary and middle school categories.  That school ranked 28th among all suburban middle schools.

Two District 65 schools were also among the Sun-Times’ Top 50 in the State. Dewey ranked 34th among elementary schools across the state, and Bessie Rhodes ranked 47th among middle schools across the state.

District officials say parents will soon receive the state school report cards that show several other growth areas for District 65 and its schools.

This is the third consecutive year that District 65 schools are recognized for academic achievement.  Last year, Willard School was among the top 50 elementary schools in the state.

Additionally, Dewey, Lincolnwood and Chute Schools achieved Honor Roll status with the State of Illinois. That recognition was based upon academic achievement growth during the past few years.

Superintendent Hardy Murphy praised the work of principals, teachers, parents and sudents in reaching the goals.

"Education is a community effort, Murphy said, "and the Evanston/Skokie community demonstrates its commitment in many profoundly important ways.  Schools, community organizations, synagogues and churches are all among the institutions that support our academic achievement initiatives.”

The Chicago Sun-Times’ annual ratings are based on average scores from the 2006 state reading and math tests, analyzing the ISAT scores and each school’s average with that of other schools.

Schools serving kindergarten through eighth graders were eligible for both lists (elementary and middle school), and only public schools with at least two grades tested and at least ten students in each grade were analyzed.

Reading and math results are studied because they are the only test areas that trigger sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind Law.

Distrct 65 has 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, two magnet schools and one special services school.

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