Evanston Township High School ranks No. 21 in state

Sophia Bollag, City Editor

The U.S. News and World Report ranked Evanston Township High School No. 21 in Illinois in its annual rankings, which were released Tuesday.

The school dropped two spots from last year, when the publication ranked it at No. 19.

The rankings are based on overall performance on state standardized tests, the performance of black, Hispanic and low-income students and on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate data.

The school’s overall test scores in both reading and math on the Prairie State Achievement Examination fell above the state average. U.S. News also reported a higher percentage of ETHS students who fell into “typically underperforming subgroups” demonstrated proficiency than the state average — 35.7 percent of ETHS students in those groups scored at or above a proficient level, compared with 30.3 percent across the state.

However, the achievement gap within ETHS remains significant. Nearly 88 percent of non-disadvantaged students meet proficiency requirements, compared with nearly 36 percent of disadvantaged students, according to U.S. News — a 52 percent difference.

U.S. News also ranked ETHS No. 524 in the country.

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