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Wilmette, Kenilworth Schools Rank Top in Illinois, Chicagoland

The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times recently released their rankings.

Wilmette, Kenilworth Schools Rank Top in Illinois, Chicagoland

Wilmette and Kenilworth schools are some of the best in Illinois and Chicagoland, according to a pair of recent Chicago Tribune  lists and  Chicago Sun-Times rankings.

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) -

The full lists can be found on the Chicago Tribune ( elementary and middle school; high school) and Chicago Sun-Times websites.

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