Chicago has 5 Selective Enrollment High Schools who score among the top 10 schools in the state.
Are these schools truly the best, or are they just attracting the best students?
WBEZ posted a great article that graphically demonstrates the relationship between student EXPLORE scores and their eventual high school choice.
WBEZ voices the concern:
Is the city’s school choice system actually creating better schools, or is it simply sorting certain students out and leaving the weakest learners in separate, struggling schools?
There were 104 kids who scored a perfect 25 on the EXPLORE exam. One hundred of them — 96 percent — enrolled in just six of the city’s 130 high schools (Northside, Whitney Young, Payton, Lane, Lincoln Park, and Jones).
See how student achievement relates to high school choice in an interactive chart linking each score in 2012 to a school. Sort schools by type, demographics or location, and explore and compare the distribution of scores at each school.