ISBE Spins 2007 Test Score Data

From ISBE:

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that more than 200
schools and districts are being removed from improvement status as a result of
their student performance, attendance rates and graduation rates...Analysis of the 2007 Report Card data shows that 184
schools and 36 districts have been removed from improvement status by making
AYP for two consecutive years. In addition, the data also shows that 113
schools and 102 districts in improvement status made AYP in 2007.

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2007 Report Card shows nearly 300 struggling schools
making significant improvement

184 schools make AYP for second year to move off
academic improvement status

 

SPRINGFIELD –
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that more than 200
schools and districts are being removed from improvement status as a result of
their student performance, attendance rates and graduation rates. The schools
and districts met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years by
meeting the standards of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The 2007 Report Card
released publicly today statewide was provided locally to schools and districts
in mid-September – the earliest release in the 21-years of producing
school report cards.

 

“I applaud these schools and districts for making a
significant improvement, while various performance, attendance and graduation targets
continue to increase each year,” said Christopher A. Koch, State
Superintendent of Education. “This group of schools and districts are to
be commended for their continued efforts to improve student achievement in
their schools.”

 

Analysis of the 2007 Report Card data shows that 184
schools and 36 districts have been removed from improvement status by making
AYP for two consecutive years. In addition, the data also shows that 113
schools and 102 districts in improvement status made AYP in 2007. Should these
schools and districts make AYP for the second time based on 2008 data they also
will be removed from improvement status.   

 

The most recent tests were given in March and April.
Students in third – eighth grades took the Illinois Standards Achievement
Test (ISAT) in reading and mathematics while students in fourth and seventh
grades were tested in science and fifth and eighth grade students were tested
in writing. Students in 11th grade take the Prairie State Achievement Exam
(PSAE), which tests students in math, reading science and writing. Statewide
averages for the 2007 testing were released last month.

 

The Report Card offers a wealth of useful and important
information for students, schools and districts, as well as parents and
community members including overall student performance; performance on state
assessments; student demographics; and financial information.

 

Highlights of the 2007 Report Card include:

 

Student Demographics

  • Number of school districts
         declined – from 898 in 1998 to 871 in 2007.
  • Student enrollment in Illinois public
         schools increased – from 1,951,998 in 1998 to 2,077,856 in 2007.
  • Minority enrollment increased
         to 45.1 percent for 2007 compared to 37.5 percent.  The increase is
         accounted mainly by Hispanic students. Minority students are students who
         are Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American or
         Multiracial/ethnic.

 

Student Performance & Achievement

  • Between 1999 and 2007, ISAT
         reading performance increased at grades 3, 5 and 8.
  • ISAT mathematics performance
         increased at grades 3, 5 and 8 between 1999 and 2007.
  • ACT Composite Score for
         public school students increased from 19.9 percent in 2002 to 20.3 percent
         in 2007.

 

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

 

A full list of the 184 schools and 36 districts that were
removed from improvement status can be found online at http://www.isbe.net/pdf/school_district_removed_2007.pdf.

 

A full list of the 113 schools and 102 districts that are in
improvement status but made AYP in 2007 can be found online at http://www.isbe.net/pdf/district_school_ayp_improvement.pdf.

 

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 the fourth time, 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 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.

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