Time to pore over school test score data. Both Chicago metro daily papers today published massive searchable databases of test results.

The Sun-Times compiles rankings based on the average scores of students at each school on state achievement tests.

That report shows Evanston’s Willard Elementary School ranking 7th among 2205 elementary schools in the state.

Seven more Evanston elementary schools were in the top quarter statewide on that scale — Orrington at 95, Lincolnwood at 125, the elementary grades at Rhodes Magnet school at 156, Dewey at 231, Lincoln at 246, Kingsley at 267 and the elementary grades at King Lab at 490.

Also in the top half were Walker at 555, Washington at 590 and Dawes at 619. Just below the top half was Oakton at 1,240.

All Evanston middle schools were in the top quarter among 1386 middle schools statewide with Rhodes middle grades at 49, Haven at 54, Nichols at 65, King Lab at 171 and Chute at 269.

Evanston Township High School ranked 46 among 656 high schools statewide.

The ranking are generally similar if you look at the Chicago Tribune’s database and consider the overall percentage of test scores meeting or exceeding state standards.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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