The State Board of Education released its annual report card Thursday. Of the schools ranked in the report card, 600 passed while 3,169 were "deemed failures," according to a Daily Herald analysis of the State Report Card.
Community Unit School District 158 showed 77 percent of its students met or exceeded standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test in 2013 while an average of 61.9 percent met that same benchmark statewide, according to the Illinois State Report Card website. In 2012, 93 percent met or exceeded standards within District 158, according to the Illinois Report Card.
Meanwhile, 59 percent of students met or exceeded standards on the ISAT within Community Unit School District 300. That's a decrease from 84 in 2012. And within District 47, 73 percent of students met or exceeded ISAT standards in 2013, which is down from 92 percent in 2012.
Like many schools throughout the state, District 158, District 47 and CUSD 300 saw a significant drop in its scores from 2012 as part of the state board's move to raise expectations — or cut scores — for the ISATs, which is given to third through eighth grade students.
The move was meant to help "align with the more rigorous Common Core Learning Standards and give a better indication of college and career readiness," according to a Illinois State Board of Education press release.
As part of those changes, schools meeting or exceeding expectations in 2012 on average dropped throughout the state nearly 20 percentage points from 82.1 last year to 61.9 percent this year.
The scoring on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, which is given to 11th graders, did not change this year and statewide, the composite score increased from 51.3 percent to 51.9 percent statewide, according to the ISBE press release. The composite meets or exceeds percentage for math and reading was set at 53.3 on this year's State report Card.
Within District 158, which includes Huntley High School, 71 percent met or exceeded state standards on the PSAE. This is an increase over 2012 when 65 percent met or exceeded those same standards.
Within CUSD 300, which includes Jacobs High School and Dundee-Crown High School, 55 percent met or exceeded state standards on the PSAE. This is an increase over 2012 when 55 percent met the same benchmark. Here is a look at how the high schools fared:
- 66 percent of students met or exceeded standards in 2013 on the PSAE at Harry Jacobs High School. This is up from 59 percent in 2012.
- 44 percent of students met or exceeded standards in 2013 on the PSAE at Dundee-Crown High School. That is up from 40 percent in 2012.
A new metric, “Ready for College Coursework,” on the Illinois State Report Card refers to the percent of students at each high school who earned a combined score of at least a 21 on the ACT college admissions test. Statewide, 45.7 percent of Illinois public school students from the Graduating Class of 2013 posted at least a 21 on the ACT.
Within District 158, 67 percent were listed as "ready for college coursework" while only 48 percent met the same standard within CUSD 300. Within District 155, 61 percent of students were listed as ready for college coursework.
See how your school fared by visiting the Illinois State Report Card website.
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