Analysis: Woodstock North 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, McHenry County high school graduation rates remain high, according to a McHenry Times analysis of 2016 data from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Of the 14 schools analyzed within the county, Woodstock North High School showed the greatest disparity. In a year when 97 percent of seniors graduated on time, just 12 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
|McHenry County high school||School district||City||Annual exam pass rate (%)||Graduation rate (%)||Graduation fraud index|
|Woodstock North High School||Woodstock Cusd 200||Woodstock||12.4||97||-84.6|
|Cary-Grove Community High School||Chsd 155||Cary||22.1||97.9||-75.8|
|Marengo High School||Marengo Chsd 154||Marengo||16||91.8||-75.8|
|Crystal Lake South High School||Chsd 155||Crystal Lake||23.4||97.6||-74.2|
|Prairie Ridge High School||Chsd 155||Crystal Lake||24.6||98.3||-73.7|
|Johnsburg High School||Johnsburg Cusd 12||Johnsburg||21.1||94.2||-73.1|
|Crystal Lake Central High School||Chsd 155||Crystal Lake||23.8||96.5||-72.7|
|Woodstock High School||Woodstock Cusd 200||Woodstock||21||93.3||-72.3|
|Harvard High School||Harvard Cusd 50||Harvard||12.5||79.8||-67.3|
|McHenry High School-West Campus||Mchenry Chsd 156||Mchenry||26.8||91.7||-64.9|
|Huntley High School||Huntley Community School District 158||Huntley||27.5||91.2||-63.7|
|McHenry East High School||Mchenry Chsd 156||Mchenry||28.4||91||-62.6|
|Richmond-Burton High School||Richmond-Burton Chsd 157||Richmond||47.1||95.6||-48.5|
|Alden-Hebron High School||Alden Hebron Sd 19||Hebron||57.9||90||-32.1|
Organizations in this Story
Alden-Hebron High School • Cary-Grove Community High School • Crystal Lake Central High School • Crystal Lake South High School • Harvard High School • Huntley High School • Johnsburg High School • Marengo High School • McHenry High School-West Campus • Prairie Ridge High School • Richmond-Burton High School • Woodstock High School • Woodstock North High School