Evanston Township High School and four Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools made “Top 50” lists compiled from state school testing data by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Among the over 2,600 elementary schools statewide, Willard School ranked 8th and Dewey School ranked 31st. 

Among suburban middle schools Bessie Rhodes Magnet School ranked 33rd and Haven Middle School ranked 43rd.

And among high schools statewide, ETHS ranked 32nd.

The Sun-Times develops its rankings based on its calculation of a standardized average score for students in each school across the state on math and reading tests.

In a news release District 65 Superintendent Hardy Murphy said, “I’m pleased to see this public affirmation of our efforts to bring all District 65 students to high levels of achievement.”

Murphy said it’s the fourth year in a row that some district schools have been on the high-ranking school lists.

He said improved test scores and reductions in the achievement gap among students in different demographic groups are signs of success for district programs that he said tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of all learners, provide professional development for teachers and make effective use of data to identify individual student needs.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Really satisfied with this data?
    Evanston High School is only in the 60th percentile.

    Only one Middle School is above the 70th percentile.

    Only two of many elementary schools are above the 75th percentile.

    This data is only good news for a small percentage of Evanston residents.

    I would like to see D65 officials focus on how to improve those schools that are not listed in the ranking at all.

    I am concerned that a D65 official is satisfied with this data……

    I am not satisfied at all by looking at this data.

  2. The last comment is a good
    The last comment is a good one. I would love to know what makes ETHS and the middle schools of Evanston perform so badly in these evaluations.

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