New High School ACT Scores are out
October 20, 2011 at 10:13 am
Excitement… the High school ACT scores have been posted. HSObsessed was helpful enough to devote a couple hours today pulling the top ACT scores and writing up some thoughts about it.
Can’t deny that something is going on in the Charters. FYI, Lake View High School’s ACT average was 17.4 Westinghouse does not appear to have a measure reported.
For those of you with an eye on high schools, the new ACT and PSAE scores that include 2011 are now posted on the CPS Research and Accountability website. Lots of data to look at, but here’s the list of top-scoring CPS high schools by average composite ACT scores in 2011.
Lane Tech 23.5
Lincoln Park 21.6
Noble UIC 21.2
Noble Pritzker 21.0
Noble Noble 20.6
Von Steuben 20.4
Chicago Ag 20.4
Noble Rauner 20.2
Noble Comer 20.1
Noble Golder 20.1
CICS Northtwn 19.0
Some of HSObsessed’s observations:
Northside is back at the 28.8 score they achieved in 2009, after dipping down slightly last year to 28.5, probably just a blip.
Payton is down .6 from 27.6 last year. May or may not be any kind of trend, hard to tell.
Lane Tech’s average score continues to rise steadily after being in the 22-point-something range for a number of years, and 23.5 is an impressive number. To give newcomers a sense of how strong this score is, Payton’s first class of juniors and seniors scored lower than that seven years ago, when Payton was already the new hotness in CPS. And given that Lane has 4-5 the number of kids enrolled, this is really a huge achievement.
Finally, Noble Street UIC charter enters the top 10 in its first year of posting scores, which is also impressive. For many years, Noble Street Noble, the original of the Noble charter high schools, was the pride of the network, but it looks like both UIC and Pritzker will give Noble a run for its money. Notice that those are the highest-scoring high schools in the city that don’t screen for academics for admission, but admit by lottery. (Lincoln Park admits about 2/3 of its population with consideration for academics.) They’re beating out schools like Von Steuben, which do screen for a minimum level of achievement before holding their lottery, so they must be doing something right.
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