More students at both Riverside-Brookfield High School and Lyons Township High School met or exceeded state standards last year according to the recently released Illinois School Report Cards.

At RBHS the meet and exceeds number took a sizable jump, rising to 78 percent of juniors in 2014 compared to 69 percent who did so in 2013. In 2012, 68 percent of RBHS juniors met or exceeded state standards, while 75 percent and 72 did so in 2011 and 2010, respectively. 

Meeting state standards is based on performance on the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), a test taken by all juniors at public high schools in Illinois. The first day of the two-day test consists of taking the ACT exam.

As usual, RBHS’ results exceeded the state averages. Throughout the state, 54 percent of juniors met or exceeded state standards on the PSAE.

At LTHS, 79 percent of juniors met or exceeded state standards in 2014, up from 75 percent in 2013. 

In both 2011 and 2012, 73 percent of LTHS juniors met or exceeded state standards, compared to 75 percent in 2010.

The average ACT composite score for RB class of 2014 was 22.5; at LTHS it was 23.9. Both these scores exceed the state average ACT score of 20.4.

RBHS did not fare as well in the ready-for-college category which predicts, based on ACT scores in subject matter tests, whether students are prepared to pass a normal college introductory class in that subject.

Overall, 59 percent of RBHS students were classified as “college-ready” compared to 71 percent of students at LTHS. In 2013, 63.4 percent of RBHS students were considered college-ready by the ACT.

Only 36 percent of RB students were judged college ready in all four tested subjects: English, math, reading and science. 

While 75 percent of RB students were judged college ready in English, only 33 percent were classified as college ready in science. Fifty-four percent were judged college ready in math and 53 percent were judged college ready in reading.

The ACT college-readiness standard is toughest in science, which accounts for the low college readiness percentages in that subject. To be considered college-ready for science, a student has to score at least 23 on the science portion of the ACT exam. By contrast to be considered college ready for English a student only has to score 18 on the English portion of the ACT exam. College readiness ACT benchmarks are 22 for both reading and math.

RBHS’ scores exceeded state averages by wide margins. Statewide 49 percent of students were judged college ready by the ACT. Only 24 percent of students were judged college-ready in science, 60 percent in English, 39 percent in math and 39 percent in reading.

At LTHS, 71 percent of students tested were considered college-ready overall — 79 percent in reading, 65 percent in math, 63 percent in reading, and 57 percent in science.

The state report card indicates that RBHS spends $9,974 per student in instructional spending and $15,879 per student in operational spending. LTHS spends $10,008 per student in instructional spending and $15,789 per student in operational spending.

According to the school report card, 61 percent of RB students are white, 31.1 percent are Hispanic, 3.7 percent black and 1.6 percent Asian. A total of 17.5 percent of RBHS students are classified as low-income. 

At LTHS, 74.1 percent of students are white, 18 percent Hispanic, 3.8 percent black, and 1.8 percent Asian. A total of 14.2 percent of LTHS students are considered low-income.

This article has been changed to correct the composite ACT score at RBHS and for all state high schools in 2014.