Analysis: Beardstown 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, high school graduation rates remain high across the region, according to a West Central Reporter analysis of 2016 data from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Of the 31 schools analyzed in Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Hancock, McDonough, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler and Scott counties, Beardstown Jr./Sr. High School showed the greatest disparity. In a year when 87 percent of seniors graduated on time, just 7 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
|West Central Illinois high school||School district||City||Annual exam pass rate (%)||Graduation rate (%)||Graduation fraud index|
|Beardstown Jr/Sr High School||Beardstown Cusd 15||Beardstown||6.5||87.2||-80.7|
|Brown County High School||Brown County Cusd 1||Mount Sterling||13.9||93.6||-79.7|
|A-C Central High School||A-C Central Cusd 262||Ashland||15.7||94.1||-78.4|
|Calhoun High School||Calhoun Cusd 40||Hardin||20||92.9||-72.9|
|West Prairie High School||West Prairie Cusd 103||Sciota||23.1||95.7||-72.6|
|Triopia Jr-Sr High School||Triopia Cusd 27||Concord||24.6||96.6||-72|
|Franklin Jr/Sr High School||Franklin Cusd 1||Franklin||17.4||87.5||-70.1|
|Macomb Senior High School||Macomb Cusd 185||Macomb||22.8||92.3||-69.5|
|Virginia Jr/ Sr High School||Virginia Cusd 64||Virginia||24.7||94.1||-69.4|
|Greenfield High School||Greenfield Cusd 10||Greenfield||20||88.2||-68.2|
|North Greene Jr High School||North Greene Cusd 3||White Hall||18||86.1||-68.1|
|Waverly Jr/Sr High School||Waverly Cusd 6||Waverly||32.1||100||-67.9|
|Winchester High School||Winchester Cusd 1||Winchester||26.2||92.6||-66.4|
|Brussels Community Unit School District 42||Brussels Cusd 42||Brussels||34.3||100||-65.7|
|Bushnell-Prairie City High School||Bushnell Prairie City Cusd 170||Bushnell||17||81.4||-64.4|
|Pleasant Hill High School||Pleasant Hill Cusd 3||Pleasant Hill||10.8||75||-64.2|
|Pittsfield High School||Pikeland Cusd 10||Pittsfield||24.8||88.2||-63.4|
|Rushville-Industry High School||Schuyler-Industry Cusd 5||Rushville||19.3||82.4||-63.1|
|Southeastern Jr/Sr High School||Southeastern Cusd 337||Augusta||25.8||87.5||-61.7|
|Bluffs High School||Scott-Morgan Cusd 2||Bluffs||34.8||94.4||-59.6|
|Western High School||Western Cusd 12||Barry||25.4||84.4||-59|
|Jacksonville High School||Jacksonville Sd 117||Jacksonville||21.5||78.1||-56.6|
|Hamilton CCSD 328||Hamilton Ccsd 328||Hamilton||35.6||88.2||-52.6|
|Illini West High School||Illini West H S Dist 307||Carthage||36.8||88.3||-51.5|
|Meredosia-Chambersburg High School||Meredosia-Chambersburg Cusd 11||Meredosia||24||69.2||-45.2|
|Griggsville-Perry High School||Griggsville-Perry Cusd 4||Griggsville||40||78.9||-38.9|
|Carrollton High School||Carrollton Cusd 1||Carrollton||56.6||92.2||-35.6|
|Warsaw Senior High School||Warsaw Cusd 316||Warsaw||25.5||13.3||12.2|
Organizations in this Story
Bluffs High School • Brown County High School • Bushnell-Prairie City High School • Calhoun High School • Carrollton High School • Greenfield High School • Griggsville-Perry High School • Illini West High School • Jacksonville High School • Macomb Senior High School • Meredosia-Chambersburg High School • North Greene Jr High School • Pittsfield High School • Pleasant Hill High School • Rushville-Industry High School • Triopia Jr-Sr High School • Warsaw Senior High School • West Prairie High School • Western High School • Winchester High School