Seven Evanston schools earn high marks in newspaper’s rankings

Tanner Maxwell

Seven local schools receiving high marks in standardized tests are among the top 100 schools in the state, according to study results published by the Chicago Sun-Times in late October.

Four Evanston schools were placed within the top 100 spots on the list of the state’s 2,192 elementary schools. The analysis places Orrington at 22nd, Willard at 35th, Rhodes at 79th and Dewey at 99th.

Other area elementary schools rounded out the recently released rankings: Lincolnwood placed 173rd, Kingsley 208th, King Lab 282nd, Lincoln 317th, Walker 398th, Washington 414th, Dawes 627th and Oakton 1,027th.

In the middle school rankings, Haven ranked34th while Nichols placed 93rd.

Also, Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet received 133rd, Martin Luther King Lab Magnet 165th and Chute 235th among the state’s 1,395 middle schools.

Finally, Evanston Township High School ranked 93rd among 669 high schools in the state.

Rachelle Brooks, an instructor at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, said the results simply show students did well on standardized tests.

“There’s much more to education than tests,” she said. “We need to keep working to improve the quality of education in science, technology and math.”

– Tanner Maxwell