The Evanston Township High School District 202 School Board received its annual report on student achievement this week, which validated claims that the school’s students are still at the top of their game.
The Class of 2014 had the second highest ACT composite score, 23.6, in the school’s history (okay, so last year’s score was a tad higher, at 23.9).
The highest percentage ever of juniors and seniors, some 64 percent, took at least one Advanced Placement exam.
ETHS had the highest number of 3, 4, and 5 AP scores in the school’s history.
The five-year graduation rate stands at 90 percent.
The student dropout rate of 1.1 percent was the lowest in history.
Reading and math scores in the last year of Illinois’ Prairie State Achievement Exams, were higher.
The ACT scores are considered the most meaningful, as they are used by most colleges and universities in determining college admissions.
In 2002, the national ACT average was 20.8. That year, the ETHS average score was 21.9.
This year, the national average had edged slightly upward to 21.1, compared with the 23.6 score for ETHS.
When looked at by race and ethnicity, the ETHS groups were all higher than the national averages.
African Americans at ETHS scored 17.9 compared with the national average of 17.0
Hispanic/Latino students at ETHS scored 19.5 vs. the national average of 18.8.
And white students scored 27.5, compared with the national average of 22.3.
As for gender, males scored slightly higher than females at both the local and national levels. Scores for males averaged 23.4 at ETHS vs. 21.1 nationally. And females at ETHS averaged 22.7 vs. 20.9 nationally.
In the groupings, adjustments were made by ETHS because the national scores do not include racial and gender scores for all students. In the groupings cited above, the ETHS score for all students is recalculated to be 23.0 vs. the national average for all students of 21.0.
The report was received favorably by board members.
Jonathan Baum said the scores reflected “a tremendous achievement, for which you all should be proud.”
Mark Metz said that “what has been accomplished continues to be a big success.”
And Doug Holt said the figures represent “another year of incredible achievements.”