10/31/2013 12:19 pm ET

School Report Card: Payton Scores No. 1 Spot Statewide; Hinsdale Central Tops In Suburbs

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For the first time, Payton ranks as the No. 1 high school in the entire state, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of school report card data released Thursday. Payton unseated Northside College Prep from the top spot it has held for 12 years. Payton had been No. 2 and No. 3 in previous years.

The focus on standardized tests at Payton is “somewhat minimal” Principal Tim Devine said. “We really believe if you just have a great curriculum starting from Day One of the school year, and you build that throughout the entire year and the student’s four-year career, great standardized test scores will be a byproduct of great teaching and learning,” he said.

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