School Report Cards
District and School Report Cards
As of October 31, 2013, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released a School Report Card that shows how each school, district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals according to the Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT). This year the School Report Card has been revised to be more parent-friendly and to provide data on a wider range of indicators. These indicators provide parents a more complete picture of student and school performance.
The newly designed School Report Card underwent some notable changes. First, parents can view academic growth of students from one year to the next in Reading and Math. In addition, every parent can view school performance trends. Meaning, parents can view how the students of District 142 performed overall on the ISAT in Spring of 2013 compared to their performance in past years. The scores will outline both the old cut scores that were used in past years to calculate what percentage of students met or exceeded standards as well as the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards using the new cut scores that were put in place for Spring of 2013.
The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the Illinois State Board of Education created more rigorous standards that resulted in the need to adjust performance levels on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). To reflect these changes, the Illinois State Board of Education recently raised the performance expectations for students in grades 3 through 8 on the ISAT to better align with the Common Core.
As we have previously communicated, these higher expectations caused the number of students who previously met and exceeded standards to drop significantly. These new expectations do not mean that our students know less than they did before or are less capable than they were in previous years. Instead, the Illinois State Board of Education is expecting more of students going forward to show their progress toward college and career-readiness targets.
In addition to academic growth, the School Report Card will also outline data results from the 5Essentials survey as well as other indicators of school, student and staff performance.