Plainfield 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.

Written by Emily Stone and Jennifer Fisher

None of Plainfield's four high 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. The four Plainfield schools ranked as follows:

  • Plainfield Central: 22.9
  • Plainfield South: 22.7
  • Plainfield East: 22.5
  • Plainfield North: 21.3

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.
Tim April 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM
RB - You just don't get it, do you? Everyone else already has enough information to identify the cause(and identify you). It is called the D202 board of education. Outside of your little "patting each other on the back" circle there is a real world, that bases assessments on real world things other than how much each of you congratulate yourselves for congratulating yourselves. I know... Maybe you can try to sue them for pointing out the obvious... You are right about one thing though, the performance of D202 is unacceptable. And frankly, it is just flat out embarrassing.
No Daddy Ball April 30, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Grandpamike FYI my daughter is going to a private high school next year and my son is two years away. Here is an example of your acceptable school system in Plainfield. They were both studying for a test in gym; they both had almost the exact same test. I mean are you kidding me a 6th grader and a 8th grader learning the same thing and to top it off my 8th grader said that she had the same test in 6th grade. So when I say that this is unacceptable and that paying $5,500 per house hold a year in taxes to a school district that can only manage to get 22-23% college prep rating out of four schools then YES! Tim, you are correct, it starts at the top! D202 board of education should be kicked out and replaced with people that care. my conscience, Not sure what you mean by that but no she was teaching at a different school district in NYC. If you have something to say, say it or shut up! When I went to pay my taxes last year the lady said that no one shows up to these votes on new taxes so everything just gets pushed through. This year we have another tax add for the school district although it is a onetime tax. Wake up people you are being screwed by the school board and not enough people care. I would love to send my kids to a public high school that I am already paying for but I will not because of the lack luster education that seen to think is acceptable.
my conscience April 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM
No Daddy Ball, There are plenty of good people from NY. Were you fortunate enough to attend college?
Tim April 30, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Examples might help the board understand. Here's one from the science/math side. D202 has(or at least had) a very strange math/science path. D202 has focused on 'conceptual' learning in science courses, especially physics. Now the physics teacher I had personally was absolutely fantastic, but the course just wasn't up to par for those going on to college. By the time myself and my classmates arrived at college, where they instead taught calculus-based physics, we were completely unprepared for the level of courses that we found ourselves in. Luckily, this was so well known by the students because of older siblings that came before us, most of us prepared on our own outside of school and handled it fine.... So yes, there are actual tangible reasons that D202 scores so poorly in college prep. They have no clue(or can't be bothered to listen) what the requirements are outside their little bubble, so year after year students are less and less prepared for what awaits them when they get to college... Roger, the time for you to care about this is BEFORE you get called on it. Not after. It only looks like you care about your own image that way, and it is plain sad to see that behavior(though it fits the pattern in Plainfield). And from your post, it seems like you think this was just a mistake, and not an accurate assessment. It is time for you to hang up your role on the school board, and it is time for your wife to do the same in her position. You have obviously been more concerned about playing politics with your buddy peck, than focusing on the job you are tasked with as a result of the position you hold. The path your little group has taken Plainfield down has been absolutely disastrous for the community as a whole. The fact that you still can't see/understand that is just further proof that you need to step away from public service, and let someone else who understands their role take your place.
No Daddy Ball April 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Well said!!!


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