At midnight, the Illinois School Report Cards and the official rankings were finally released for everyone to see.
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The Top 50 Schools were ranked for each category: Elementary, Middle and High School.
First, we want to extend a huge congratulations to Hinsdale Central High School. It was ranked 4th in the entire state, moving up one spot and bumping New Trier down to 6th place. Looks like the high school has continued to show improvement and excellence in its instruction of our students! We are very fortunate in our community to be able to send our children to such a prestigious high school.
The news was not so good for Hinsdale Middle School (HMS) or Clarendon Hills Middle School (CHMS). They both dropped in the rankings this year.
Hinsdale Middle School dropped from 22nd to 27th in the state. Percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards was 80.84.
CHMS was ranked 32nd in the state, dropping from 26th place last year and 23rd place in 2011. Percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards was 78.81.
Butler Middle School in Oak Brook, the district D181 most often compares itself to -- and is a feeder school into Hinsdale Central -- moved up in the ranks to 15th place ahead of the 17th place it held in 2012.
A growing divide seems to be taking place between the performance of students at Butler and those in D181's middle schools. This concerns us because we need our students to become MORE competitive with students from other schools who will attend high school with our students, not LESS competitive.
In terms of pure rankings, there was good news and bad news for our 7 elementary schools. First the good.
Oak School led our schools by moving up in the rankings landing in 15th place, rather than 27th in 2012. Percentage of Students meeting or exceeding standards: 85.01.
Prospect also moved up landing in 18th place, up from 22nd. Percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards: 84.09.
Walker moved up to 24th place from 35th place in 2012. Percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards: 82.89.
Madison moved up to 30th place from 41st place in 2012. Percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards: 82.04.
Now the bad news:
Elm now ranks in 38th place, down 10 spots from 28th place in 2012. Percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards: 81.51.
Lane dropped even more. It now ranks 49th, down 13 spots from 36th place in 2012. Percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards: 80.51.
And what about Monroe? It is not ranked among the top 50 schools in the state. It is not even ranked in the top 100. It is ranked 108.
Remember this is the school whose principal, Dawn Benaitis, was promoted to the position of the Assistant Director of Learning and was hired to replace Mr. Russell to oversee assessment after he was promoted. Monroe parents should be deeply concerned that all other elementary schools in D181 are ranked in the top 50, but Monroe is not even in the top 100. What is wrong with this picture?
Well ahead of D181's schools, Oak Brook's Brook Forest Elementary School ranked 11th in the State, jumping up 2 spots from 13th place in 2012. Percentage of Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards in that school: 87.03.
It is time the D181 Administration closely analyzes the final data now available from the state and report to the community why some of our schools are falling behind and why we cannot seem to keep pace with the Oak Brook schools.