Oswego Schools Don't Make 2014 U.S. News Best High School List

U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of top high schools in the nation this week.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Written by Emily Stone and Jennifer Fisher

Neither of Oswego School District's schools made the 2014 list of best high schools in the nation released by U.S. News & World Report this week.

The methodology, which was unchanged since last year, looks at three main factors to decide a school’s ranking: whether students are performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state; whether disadvantaged students are performing better in math and reading than the state average for their peers; and the school’s “college-readiness” performance, based on AP or International Baccalaureate test data.

In Illinois, the Prairie State Achievement Examination is used to gauge student performance to determine the ranking.

The college readiness score for the No. 1-ranked Illinois school, Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, was 93.3. Oswego's schools ranked as follows:

  • Oswego High School: 19.6
  • Oswego East: 19.5

You can read more about the methodology here.

The top four schools are all Chicago selective enrollment high schools. The highest-ranked suburban school was Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire at No. 5, followed by Deerfield High School and Hinsdale Central High School. You can view the full list here.


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