ETHS ranks 27th in the state in 2019 U.S. News Best High Schools

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Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. The school recently ranked 27th in the state in the 2019 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings.

Julia Esparza, City Editor

Evanston Township High School found itself among the highest ranked high schools in Illinois, according to new data released by U.S. News and World Report.

ETHS ranked 27th in Illinois and 526th nationally in the 2019 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings. Of the 23,000 schools the organization reviewed this year, it ranked over 17,000 of them. This marks an increase from the 2,700 schools they ranked in 2018.

The school received a score of 96.95 out of a possible 100 based on state-required testing scores, graduation rates and college readiness levels.

According to the data collected by U.S. News, 21 percent of students exceeded expectations in math proficiency and 31 percent exceeded expectations in reading proficiency.

Its college readiness index sits at 58.2 and is based off of student performance on state-required tests and college-level coursework like AP exams. The school ranked in the 96th percentile based on AP/IB exam participation rates and percentage of students passing at least one AP/IB exam.

In evaluating test scores, only 25 percent of underserved students are proficient according to state exams. The organization uses “underserved” to refer to black, Hispanic and low-income students.

Based on data reported to the government, 56 percent of the student population are minorities and 40 percent are economically disadvantaged. There were 3,288 students enrolled at ETHS when this data was taken.

The school employs 242 full-time teachers and has an average student-to-teacher ratio of 14-to-1. The graduation rate at ETHS sits at 93 percent which is “somewhat above the state median” of 86 percent, according to Illinois Report Card.

In 2016, ETHS ranked 13th in the state and 452nd nationally in the same U.S. News and World Report.

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