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Hinsdale area schools rank high on state tests

<p>Sun-Times Media file photo</p>

Sun-Times Media file photo

The Illinois Report Cards are out and show that academic achievement remains high at many area schools.

The Chicago Sun-Times analyzed 2013 reading and math results from the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests and the Prairie State Achievement Exams taken last March and April.

In Butler Elementary District 53, Brook Forest School ranked 11th among the top 50, making it the top-ranked suburban elementary school. Butler Junior High ranked 15th among the top 50, which made it No. 3 among suburban schools.

“We continue to be very pleased with the overall performance of Butler District 53 schools,” said Alan Hanzlik, president of the School Board. “This confirms the path our schools have been on, academically.”

In the Sun-Times analysis, schools are ranked based on average scores on state achievement tests, not on the percentage who meet state standards — a measure that has come under criticism.

All but one of Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills District 181 schools placed in the top 50 of elementary or middle schools in the Sun-Times rankings. Oak School in Hinsdale was ranked 15th among Illinois elementary schools, the highest rank of District 181 schools, followed by Prospect in 18th place and Walker ranked 24th.

“District 181 students continue to demonstrate high performance on the ISAT,” said Superintendent Renee Schuster. “With the new, more rigorous criteria of the Common Core and ISAT, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide an outstanding education.”

Hinsdale Central High School moved up in the rankings, unseating New Trier High School as the top performing suburban school. Among all Illinois high schools, Central was ranked 4th and New Trier 6th in the Sun-Times analysis.

“I am so proud that Hinsdale Central continues to be one of the highest performing schools in the state,” said School Board President Claudia Manley. “It is difficult to have the level of success Central has had, and to sustain that success over time is an achievement of magnificent proportions.”

Manley noted the top three positions went to selective enrollment (magnet) schools, meaning Hinsdale Central has the distinction of being the top ranked public high school.

“The school would certainly be unable to achieve this result without our hard working and always diligent students. We must also acknowledge the ever so important work of parents who support their children and who demand nothing less than the best from them and for them,” she said.

She also acknowledged the staff and administration, and contributions from the community.

At Hinsdale Central, the number of students meeting or exceeding standards rose to 88.7 percent in reading and 89.3 percent in math, compared with 85.7 percent in reading and 87.2 percent in math last year.

At Hinsdale South High School, however, the number of students meeting standards fell in both reading and math. In reading, 69.8 met or exceeded the standards this year compared with 74.2 percent last year. In math, 64.8 met or exceeded the standards, compared with 72.7 percent the previous year. Hinsdale South was ranked 83rd in the Sun-Times rankings.

For more information on schools’ scores, go to http://www.suntimes.com/23417092-761/school-report-card-payton-scores-no-1-spot-statewide-hinsdale-central-tops-in-suburbs.html.

Chuck Fieldman contributed to this story.

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