Highland Park High School Ranked 24th Best High School in Chicagoland
The good news comes with a caveat: HPHS is still falling short of the No Child Left Behind target goals.
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The newspaper based the ranking on the percentage of students "who met or exceeded state standards on the Prairie State Achievement Examination."
The percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards at HPHS is 77.1, according to the report. That's about 13 points lower than Deerfield High School, which ranked fifth on the list.
The 77.1 percent test rate falls short of the 85-percent achievement targets of the No Child Left Behind law, according to an article in the Highland Park News. But the school was far from alone. Highland Park News reports that only 11 of the 669 Illinois high schools tested achieved Adequate Yearly Progress for all of the student groups counted under the No Child Left Behind law.
Pass rates among low-income students rose from 29 percent to 37 percent in reading and from 33 percent to 45 percent in math at HPHS, according to the state's report.
Counties in the rankings included Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will and McHenry.