A new report from US News ranks Evanston Township High School 21st among more than 700 high schools in Illinois.

The report also said ETHS placed 524th in the national ranking.

Evanston’s position in the ranking slipped a bit from last year. It achieved silver status, down from a gold ranking in 2013.

Eight Chicago schools and and 12 other suburban schools came out ahead of ETHS in the rankings.

Among the suburban schools that topped ETHS, all had a far lower percentage of economically disadvantaged students than the 41 percent who receive free or reduced-price lunches at Evanston High.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. How can this be ?

    If the reading/math scores are as bad as we read for such a large portion of the school [including by race and economic background], how can ETHS be ranked so high ?

    Surely such large numbers of students did not just get dropped into ETHS from very poor schools outside of Evanston ? If they are at ETHS the other schools in Evanston must have promoted them so they could graduate.  Those schools are clearly not prepariing the students and dumping them into ETHS unprepared. Serious action should be taken at/against those school for their failure.

    If you don't prepared students properly before they get to ETHS and perhaps middle school, there is a greatly diminished chance they will get on track in high school and that probably only happens if they get a teacher that 'wows' them, takes [extra] personal effort to help/tutor them—how many teachers have the time for that or at best for one or two students. I know parents who's children were educated in European schools pre-middle school, and kids "gave up" [bored, not challenged] during their Evanston middle school but found one or more good ETHS teachers who took and interest and pointed them in the right direction—including college class while at ETHS.

    Politicans say we need pre-K to prepare kids but seem to not take them same attitute to pre-high school. Give the stats. it sounds like the pre-high schools need to be "blown-up", i.e. charter schools be created and teachers re-apply for there jobs–I'm sure there are many good teacher who will have no problem with that.


    1. “how can ETHS be ranked so high ?”

      Check the formula for ranking. The US News formula is heavy in AP enrollment as a factor. ETHS currently has a big push for students to be in AP. Having a 42% AP passing rate seems bad but perhaps at ETHS it is better to fail at AP tests than be successful in a non AP class.

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