Analysis: New Tech HS tops rankings with highest rate of students who fail annual tests, still graduate
Despite dismal student performance on annual exams covering math and reading, Lake County high school graduation rates remain high, according to a Lake County Gazette analysis of 2016 data from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Of the 21 schools analyzed within the county, New Tech High at Zion Benton East showed the greatest disparity. In a year when 95 percent of seniors graduated on time, just 16 percent of students actually passed annual tests that the state uses to determine who is "ready for the next level."
The end-of-year tests known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, are administered to third- through eighth-graders in Illinois, testing them based on Common Core standards. High-schoolers also took the tests through 2016.
A composite score combines the results of the subject tests. Students whose scores either meet or exceed expectations are considered "ready for the next level."
Schools' graduation fraud index shows the difference between the composite passing rate and the graduation rate.
Lake County schools graduation fraud index
|Lake County high school||School district||City||Annual exam pass rate (%)||Graduation rate (%)||Graduation fraud index|
|New Tech High at Zion-Benton East||Zion-Benton Twp Hsd 126||Zion||15.9||95.1||-79.2|
|Wauconda High School||Wauconda Cusd 118||Wauconda||14||91.7||-77.7|
|Grant Community High School||Grant Chsd 124||Fox Lake||20.6||93.5||-72.9|
|Warren Township High School||Warren Twp Hsd 121||Gurnee||25.5||93.5||-68|
|Lake Forest High School||Lake Forest Chsd 115||Lake Forest||25.9||93.5||-67.6|
|Waukegan High School||Waukegan Cusd 60||Waukegan||9.7||75.4||-65.7|
|Mundelein Cons High School||Mundelein Cons Hsd 120||Mundelein||24.9||89.6||-64.7|
|Zion-Benton Township High School||Zion-Benton Twp Hsd 126||Zion||17.1||81.7||-64.6|
|Barrington High School||Barrington Cusd 220||Barrington||35.3||97.2||-61.9|
|Round Lake Senior High School||Round Lake Cusd 116||Round Lake||24.9||86.4||-61.5|
|Grayslake Central High School||Grayslake Chsd 127||Grayslake||33.6||95.1||-61.5|
|Antioch Comm High School||Chsd 117||Antioch||32.2||92.7||-60.5|
|Deerfield High School||Twp Hsd 113||Deerfield||35.5||95.9||-60.4|
|Grayslake North High School||Grayslake Chsd 127||Grayslake||35.7||95.8||-60.1|
|Lakes Community High School||Chsd 117||Lake Villa||36.9||95.7||-58.8|
|North Chicago Community High School||North Chicago Sd 187||North Chicago||5.8||62.6||-56.8|
|Highland Park High School||Twp Hsd 113||Highland Park||40.6||89||-48.4|
|Lake Zurich High School||Lake Zurich Cusd 95||Lake Zurich||48.3||95||-46.7|
|Libertyville High School||Chsd 128||Libertyville||60||95.6||-35.6|
|Adlai E Stevenson High School||Adlai E Stevenson Hsd 125||Lincolnshire||67||94.5||-27.5|
|Vernon Hills High School||Chsd 128||Vernon Hills||69.7||94.9||-25.2|
Organizations in this Story
Antioch Comm High School • Barrington High School • Deerfield High School • Deerfield High School • Grant Community High School • Grayslake Central High School • Grayslake North High School • Highland Park High School • Lake Forest High School • Lake Zurich High School • Lakes Community High School • Libertyville High School • Mundelein Cons High School • North Chicago Community High School • Round Lake Senior High School • Vernon Hills High School • Warren Township High School • Wauconda High School • Waukegan High School • Zion-Benton Township High School