Downers Grove High Schools Rank Among Best in Area, State

Both District 99 schools were recognized by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for their performance on the Prairie State Achievement Exam.

Both schools in Downers Grove's Community High School District 99 were among the top-performers in the Chicagoland area and state, according to rankings published last month by the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Both newspapers used 2012 Illinois School Report Card data in determining the rankings.

Downers Grove North High School was ranked 23rd in the Chicago area and 24th in the state by the Chicago Sun-Times, down slightly from 2011 when it was ranked 20th in the area and 21st in the state.

The Chicago Tribune ranked North High 28th among schools in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will and McHenry counties.

Downers Grove South High School was ranked 45th in the Chicago area and 57th in the state by the Sun-Times—an improvement from 2011, when the school failed to crack the top 50.

Both newspapers used 2012 Illinois School Report Card data in ranking the top elementary, middle and high schools in the area. The Sun-Times utilized a statistical method called "standardizing" to analyze the "scale score" of every reading and math score from the Prairie State Achievement Test, which is administered each April to high school juniors.

The Chicago Tribune used each school's combined PSAE test scores. 

Neither Downers Grove high school achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in math and reading as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act, according to the schools' 2012 Illinois School Report Cards.

Among the conditions for making AYP in 2012 are having at least 95 percent of each student group tested for reading and math, at least 85 percent meeting or exceeding standards in reading and math standards and an 82 percent graduation rate.

At North High, 74.8 of all students met or exceeded standards in reading, and 79.8 percent met or exceeded standards in math. Students with disabilities did achieve the school's "safe harbor" target in reading, with 53.8 percent meeting or exceeding state standards.

North High's graduation rate in 2012 was 93.3 percent.

At South High, 65.1 percent of all students met or exceeded standards in reading. White students achieved the school's safe harbor target with 74.7 percent meeting or exceeding. The meet/exceeds rate fell short in each of the school's subgroups—Black, Hispanic, Asian, students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged.

In math, 74.4 percent of all South High students met or exceeded standards. The school missed safe harbor targets for Black, Hispanic, disabled and ecomonically disadvantaged students.

South High's graduation rate was 89.8 percent.

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Mark Thomans November 09, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Why do you think Greg Bolts is a fake name.
PAUL C. November 13, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Amanda welcome to the Patch wise guy world! I may have blogged the most during the primary race between our 2 DG peeps running for State Rep. DGN & DGS are both great schools and we are very lucky to live here. The world isn't perfect though as you have seen.
Ralph November 14, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Love the DG high schools. My wife and I went to them, her to North and me at South and so did my kids, to North. Some of the best teachers anywhere. My question is the money they've been spending on school improvements. How can North justify the expense of putting in a brick paver parking lot? What is South doing to their auxiliary field at the northwest corner of their property and couldn't that money have been put to better use that more students would have benefitted from?
Lindy Sullivan November 15, 2012 at 04:32 PM
We don't get it a Mark Thoman comes on off the point about some good intentioned civic group (Advocates) that he apparently hates and complains about fake names and politics. Then another Mark Thoman with an s at the end of the name comes on and says "hello." Who is using a fake name and what does that or the civic group he dislikes have anything to do with the fact that the high schools in DG are really good? Finally Greory Bolts asked about "nepotism" which was a big deal at a recent meeting of high school District 99 school board. How is that a bad political question? It seems related to the schools more so than any complaints about "fake names" and the Advocate group. It seems to us that "Mark Thoman" is being political and slanderous!
Ray November 15, 2012 at 05:26 PM
A 23 is still over a 70 percentile and is more than respectable.


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