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Proviso Probe

Sunday, November 08, 2009

what percent of non-low income students meet or exceed standards on the PSAE?

Earlier I posted some data on Proviso Township High Schools (District 209).

Proviso ranked 26th of 27 districts in suburban Cook County in the percent of students who meet or exceed standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam. And District 209 would have to make substantial improvement--go from 22.5% passing to 33.9% to tie #25 Thornton, which is 4.3% behind #24 Thornton Fractional.

District 209 looks pretty bad.

But the story is actually worse than it first appears.

Let's assume that all low income students fail to meet standards. What percent of non-low income students meet or exceed standards? How do districts rank?
1 Evanston 108%
2 Rich 98%
3 Argo 95%
4 New Trier 94%
5 Thornton 92%
6 Elmwood Park 90%
7 Maine 87%
8 Northfield 86%
9 Oak Park & River Forest 85%
10 Township HSD 211 83%
11 Niles 82%
12 Lyons 82%
13 Township HSD 214 80%
14 Riverside-Brookfield 79%
15 Bloom 77%
16 Oak Lawn 77%
17 Lemont 77%
18 Con HSD 230 76%
19 Evergreen Park 75%
20 Thornton Fractional 75%
21 Bremen 73%
22 Homewood Flossmoor 72%
23 Reavis 69%
24 CHSD 218 63%
25 Leyden 62%
26 Ridgewood 59%
27 Proviso 34%

If one assumes every low income student fails the PSAE, only 34% District 209 students who are not low income meet or exceed standards. The next lowest district is 59%.

This is appalling. The district is severely dysfunctional. Remember, District 209 spends $25,360 per student which ranks the district seventh in spending of the 27 districts.

I'm curious where District 209 would rank among Chicago Public Schools using the methodology of considering what percent of non-low income students pass.

Could it be that District 209 operates the three least effective schools in the state, while spending money in excess of Riverside-Brookfield, Lyons Township and Homewood-Flossmoor?

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