NEWS

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2010

Illinois students continue to make steady progress on state tests


Despite student improvement, fewer schools and districts making AYP as NCLB performance targets continue to increase

211 schools and 56 districts beat the odds to make AYP this year, despite missing the target last year

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that students are showing incremental improvement on tests administered by the state and that 211 schools and 56 districts made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this year that did not make it last year. However, despite the improvements students are making, more schools and districts are failing to meet performance targets that continue to increase under the federal No Child Left Behind law (NCLB). The results were announced as part of the State Board’s statewide analysis of the 2010 State Report Card.

“Schools and districts are making improvement, even as the required testing performance benchmark increased by another 7.5 points since last year,” said Christopher A. Koch, State Superintendent of Education. “Overall, our statewide averages continue to increase incrementally or hold steady. But the number of schools making AYP continues to decline – now outnumbering those districts that do make AYP. We need to modify No Child Left Behind to take into account student growth and improvements in learning, rather than just penalizing schools for not meeting artificial performance targets.”

Analysis of the statewide data for 2010 shows that one district and nine schools have been removed from improvement status by meeting standards for NCLB, also known as AYP, for two consecutive years. In addition, the data also shows that 55 schools and 9 districts in improvement status will not advance to further sanctions because they made AYP this year.

The tests were given in March and April. Students in third through eighth grades took the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in reading and mathematics while students in fourth and seventh grades were also tested in science and third, fifth, sixth and eighth grade students were also tested in writing. Students in 11th grade take the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), which tests students in math, reading, science and writing. Only reading and mathematics results are used in calculating AYP.

Overall, results show the number of schools and districts that made AYP decreased under NCLB performance targets. During 2010, the target for student achievement increased from 70 percent meeting and exceeding state standards to 77.5 percent and the target high school graduation rate increased from 78 percent to 80 percent. Attendance rates for elementary and middle schools increased from 90 percent in 2008-09 to 91 percent in the 2009-10 school year and from 78 percent last year to 80 percent in 2009-10 for high schools.

Results from 2010 show 1,999 or 51 percent of all schools failed to make AYP in 2010, an increase from 40 percent in 2009. In addition, 309 districts made AYP in 2010 while 559 or 64 percent failed to make AYP, an increase from 49 percent in 2009.

In June, the State Board of Education adopted the new Illinois Learning Standards in math and English based on the internationally-benchmarked Common Core State Standards. Illinois is a governing member of the 26 state Partnership for Assessment for College and Careers (PARCC) that will develop a new generation of tests aligned to the new standards to measure students’ knowledge and skills. The new state tests are expected to be available by the 2014-15 school year.

Student Demographics & Performance

ISBE has produced the School Report Card since 1986 for every public school and district in Illinois. State report cards have been produced since 2002 and are required by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

One district, Eureka Community Unit District 140, was removed from improvement status and the eight schools that were removed from improvement status are:

School

District

Carlinville Middle School

Carlinville CUSD 1

Disney Elementary Magnet School

City of Chicago School District 299

Emge Junior High School

Harmony Emge School District 175

Galileo Elementary Math & Science Academy

City of Chicago School District 299

Gavin South Junior High School

Gavin School District 37

Gregory Math & Science Elementary School

City of Chicago School District 299

Lombard Junior High School

Galesburg CUSD 205

Veterans Memorial Middle School

Cook County School District 130

The nine districts that are in improvement status but will not advance to further sanctions because they made AYP this year are:

District

Auburn CUSD 10

Central CUSD 4

Chester CUSD 139

East Alton SD 13

Geneseo CUSD 228

Princeton ESD 115

Putnam County CUSD 535

Rhodes SD 84-5

River Bend CUSD 2

The 55 schools that will not advance to further sanctions because they made AYP are:

School

District

Booth Tarkington Elementary School

Wheeling CCSD 21

Calvin Coolidge Middle School

Peoria SD 150

Carlyle Junior High School

Carlyle CUSD 1

Colin Powell Middle School

ESD 159

Community H S Dist 99 - North High School

CHSD 99

Dongola Junior High School

Dongola USD 66

Dorris Intermediate School

Collinsville CUSD 10

Eldorado Elementary School

Eldorado CUSD 4

Frederick School

Grayslake CCSD 46

Fremont Intermediate School

Fremont SD 79

Garvy  J Elementary School

City of Chicago SD 299

Gavin Central School

Gavin SD 37

Genoa-Kingston Middle School

Genoa Kingston CUSD 424

Glacier Ridge Elementary School

Crystal Lake CCSD 47

Greenbrook Elementary School

Keeneyville SD 20

Haines Elementary School

City of Chicago SD 299

Heritage Middle School

Berwyn South SD 100

Herrin C U S D 4 Elementary School

Herrin CUSD 4

Holmes Junior High School

Community Cons SD 59

Hufford Junior High School

Joliet PSD 86

Indian Trail Junior High School

Addison SD 4

Jane Addams Middle School

Valley View CUSD 365U

Jefferson Elementary School

DeKalb CUSD 428

Jonathan Turner Junior High School

Jacksonville SD 117

Lincoln Elementary School

Rochelle CCSD 231

Lincoln Middle School

Berwyn North SD 98

Lowell-Longfellow Elementary School

Harvey SD 152

Marquardt Middle School

Marquardt SD 15

Mary Endres Elementary School

Woodstock CUSD 200

Mount Greenwood Elementary School

City of Chicago SD 299

Naperville Central High School

Naperville CUSD 203

North Elementary School

SD 45 DuPage County

North Intermediate Center of Education

Wabash CUSD 348

Oak Prairie Junior High School

Will County SD 92

Oakwood Grade School

Oakwood CUSD 76

Oblong Elementary School

Oblong CUSD 4

Otis P Graves Elementary School

Summit SD 104

Parkland School

McHenry CCSD 15

Pierce Elementary International Studies School

City of Chicago SD 299

Peoria Heights Grade School

Peoria Heights CUSD 325

Pepper Ridge Elementary School

McLean County USD 5

Rhodes Elementary School

Rhodes SD 84-5

Roodhouse Elementary

North Greene CUSD 3

Scales Mound High School

Scales Mound CUSD 211

South Elementary School

Cook County SD 62

Stevenson School

East Maine SD 63

Timber Ridge Middle School

Plainfield SD 202

Timber Trails Elementary School

Elgin SD U-46

Viking School

Gurnee SD 56

Virden Middle School

Virden CUSD 4

Virginia Lake Elementary School

Palatine CCSD 15

Von Steuben Middle School

Peoria SD 150

Waters Elementary School

City of Chicago SD 299

Wauconda Grade School

Wauconda CUSD 118

West Richland High School

West Richland CUSD 2

Schools and districts are placed into improvement status when they do not make AYP for two consecutive state testing cycles. After two years, schools and districts enter academic early warning status. Failing to make AYP for four consecutive years in the same subject area, schools and districts are in academic watch status. After a fifth calculation, a school enters restructuring planning and will implement that plan should it fail to make AYP for the sixth time. Federal sanctions can include offering school choice and its supplemental education services for schools in improvement and corrective action which receive Title I funds. State and federal requirements merge for schools in restructuring. Districts are charged with developing a restructuring plan for schools after not making AYP for the fifth calculations.

NCLB requires all states to measure each public school’s and district’s achievements and establish annual achievement targets for the state. The overreaching goal is for all students to meet or exceed standards in reading and mathematics by 2014. NCLB will consider re-authorization.

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