Local school that made the various ‘top 50’ lists include New Trier High School, Marie Murphy School, Romona Elementary, McKenzie Elementary, Harper Elementary, Wilmette Junior High and The Joseph Sears School.
The two publications used different methods to determine school rankings.
The Tribune chose the top 50 high schools and grade schools in Chicagoland based on the percentage of students that met or exceeded state standards on the 2012 Illinois State Achievement Test (for third through eight grade students) and the Prairie State Achievement Examination (for high school students).
The Sun-Times rankings, on the other hand, used these same tests results but based their rankings on standardized average school test scores.
The following table shows where local schools placed.Tribune Chicagoland rankings (percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards)Sun-Times Illinois rankings (standardized average percentile)New Trier
6th (89.5 percent)4th (84.815 percentile) Marie Murphy 22nd (98.7 percent) 8th (87.286 percentile) Romona - 21st (84.435 percentile) McKenzie 27th (98.4 percent) 43rd (81.125 percentile) Harper 50th (97.7 percent) - Wilmette Junior High - 22nd (79.884 percentile) Joseph Sears 23rd (98.7 percent) -