New Trier Ranked No. 13 in Listing of State's Best High Schools

Nearby Deerfield High School and Highland Park High School rang in at No. 7 and No. 12 respectively.

New Trier High School comes in 13th place for top Illinois high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report. The rankings were released as part of the Best High School rankings, now in its fourth edition according to the Huffington Post.

The rankings were drawn from a pool of 22,000 public high schools in 49 states as well as the District of Columbia, and methodology included test scores, state assessments and college-level coursework, such as AP or IB programs.

For student/teacher ratio, scored 13:1. For college readiness, the report noted that New Trier is above the Illinois average, with 53 percent of students taking AP tests and 50 percent passing AP tests.


In Illinois, Northside College Preparatory High School took the top spot, followed by Walter Payton College Preparatory High School and Jones College Prep. Nearby Deerfield High School was ranked No. 7; Highland Park was ranked No. 12; Lake Forest High School was ranked No. 15; Evanston Township High School was ranked No. 17; and Glenbrook North High School was ranked No. 19.

Nello Lucchesi May 10, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Rather than publishing link-bait headlines and an article that reads like a press release from US News and World Reports, I wish that Patch had dug into the ranking methodology to see whether it is meaningful. Below is my analysis of the methodology which is published online at: http://www.usnews.com/pubfiles/Identifying_Top_Performing_High_Schools_May2012.pdf I'll have to break it into pieces since comment length is limited.
Nello Lucchesi May 10, 2012 at 01:24 AM
(Continued) Here are the ranking criteria: "…These rankings are based on three aspects of school performance: the performance of all students on state assessments in reading and mathematics; the performance of the disadvantaged student subgroups—defined as Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or economically disadvantaged students—on these assessments; and the degree to which high schools prepare students for college by offering a college-level curriculum." "Step 1 of the “Best High Schools” method identified high schools that performed better than expected on state reading and mathematics assessments, given the proportion of students in the high school identified as economically disadvantaged. To pass Step 1, high schools with higher proportions of economically disadvantaged students needed lower school-average achievement than high schools with lower proportions of economically disadvantaged students." "Step 2 identified high schools in which disadvantaged students—defined as Black/African- American, Hispanic/Latino, or economically disadvantaged as determined by state criteria (often defined as students eligible for free or reduced price lunch through the National School Lunch Program)—had combined reading and mathematics proficiency levels that were at least equal to the state’s combined reading and mathematics proficiency levels for those disadvantaged student groups."
Nello Lucchesi May 10, 2012 at 01:24 AM
(Continued) "…A quality-adjusted AP/IB participation rate was created for each high school by calculating the percentage of 12th graders who passed at least one AP or IB exam at some point during high school. Passing rates for this analysis were 3 or higher for AP exams and 4 or higher for IB exams." Kind of hard for New Trier to rank highly given the skew toward "disadvantaged" students in the first two measures. The "college readiness" measure is much too blunt. Participating in an AP class increases the measure regardless of whether the participant passed the AP exam. Moreover, the ability portion of the measure reflects only whether the student passed or failed. If the same number of students all scored a "3" as scored a "5" at an other school, the two schools would have the same ability contribution to College Readiness. The rankings are just a way to keep US News & World Reports afloat.
Kelly Mallory May 05, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Quit making excuses Nello, New Trier is just not as good as you think. And even if you removed "disadvantaged" impact from the analysis and then compared schools on "non-disadvantaged" then New Trier would come out even lower. Sorry Nelly.


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