Analysis: Beecher HS tops rankings with highest rate of students who fail annual tests, still graduate
Despite dismal student performance on annual exams covering math and reading, Will County high school graduation rates remain high, according to a Will County Gazette analysis of 2016 data from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Of the 20 schools analyzed within the county, Beecher High School showed the greatest disparity. In a year when 98 percent of seniors graduated on time, just 5 percent of students actually passed annual tests that the state uses to determine who is "ready for the next level."
The end-of-year tests known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, are administered to third- through eighth-graders in Illinois, testing them based on Common Core standards. High-schoolers also took the tests through 2016.
A composite score combines the results of the subject tests. Students whose scores either meet or exceed expectations are considered ready for the next level.
Schools' graduation fraud index shows the difference between the composite passing rate and the graduation rate.
Graduation fraud index
|Will County high school||School district||City||Annual exam pass rate (%)||Graduation rate (%)||Graduation fraud index|
|Beecher High School||Beecher Cusd 200U||Beecher||4.9||97.7||-92.8|
|Crete-Monee High School||Crete Monee Cusd 201U||Crete||16.1||88.5||-72.4|
|Wilmington High School||Wilmington Cusd 209U||Wilmington||27.9||95.5||-67.6|
|Plainfield East High School||Plainfield Sd 202||Plainfield||28.8||96||-67.2|
|Joliet West High School||Joliet Twp Hsd 204||Joliet||19.1||85.3||-66.2|
|Plainfield High School||Plainfield Sd 202||Plainfield||26.3||91.8||-65.5|
|Plainfield South High School||Plainfield Sd 202||Plainfield||30.4||92.9||-62.5|
|Joliet Central High School||Joliet Twp Hsd 204||Joliet||12.9||75.3||-62.4|
|Plainfield North High School||Plainfield Sd 202||Plainfield||33.9||95.7||-61.8|
|Reed-Custer High School||Reed Custer Cusd 255U||Braidwood||32.6||94.3||-61.7|
|Lincoln-Way Central High School||Lincoln Way Chsd 210||New Lenox||37.2||96.6||-59.4|
|Bolingbrook High School||Valley View Cusd 365U||Bolingbrook||25.3||83.6||-58.3|
|Lincoln Way West||Lincoln Way Chsd 210||New Lenox||38.8||95.1||-56.3|
|Lincoln-Way North High School||Lincoln Way Chsd 210||Frankfort||42.6||97.2||-54.6|
|Lincoln-Way East High School||Lincoln Way Chsd 210||Frankfort||43.3||97.2||-53.9|
|Romeoville High School||Valley View Cusd 365U||Romeoville||35.1||87.7||-52.6|
|Peotone High School||Peotone Cusd 207U||Peotone||40.5||91.3||-50.8|
|Lockport Township High School East||Lockport Twp Hsd 205||Lockport||44.3||89.7||-45.4|
Organizations in this Story
Beecher High School • Bolingbrook High School • Crete-Monee High School • Joliet Central High School • Joliet West High School • Lincoln Way West • Lincoln-Way Central High School • Lincoln-Way East High School • Lincoln-Way North High School • Lockport Township High School East • Peotone High School • Plainfield East High School • Plainfield High School • Plainfield North High School • Plainfield South High School • Reed-Custer High School • Romeoville High School • Wilmington High School