Up, Up, Up!

ISBE says that state test scores are up for 2008.

Details below in official press release.

Neither Governor Palin nor Senator McCain was involved, far as I know.


NEWS

For Immediate

Release

Wednesday,

September 17, 2008

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Matt Vanover

217-782-4648

State testing trends show continued improvement by Illinois elementary

students

SPRINGFIELD –

Illinois

grade school students are showing academic improvement according to statewide

testing results released today. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) reviewed

and released the state averages for the 2008 tests, which were given to

students in grades 3-8 and 11 this past spring. Looking at testing trends for

the 2008 tests shows elementary student performance continues to improve.

“When we look at the long-term trends we’re

very encouraged by what we’re seeing with our elementary student

progress. We’re seeing across the board improvement in the trend data, in

some cases more than a 20-point improvement in just 6 years worth of data

,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch. “The

student performance at the high school level is a concern, where we’re

seeing flat scores in math and science and, in fact, a decrease in reading. The

Board is making improvement at the high school level a focus; we’ve

reviewed our state standards and we’re joining the American Diploma

Project so that we can begin to establish consistency between standards,

curriculum, assessments and college entry expectations.”

The most recent tests were given in March and April.

Students in grades 3-8 took the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in

reading and mathematics while students in grades 4 and 7 were tested in

science. Students in grade 11 take the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE),

which tests students in math, reading and science.

The statewide average percentage of students meeting or

exceeding standards on all state tests increased slightly from 73.8% in 2007 to

74.8% in 2008. Overall student performance on the ISAT increased 78.7% in 2007

to 79.1% in 2008, while the average percentage of students meeting and

exceeding standards on the PSAE stayed virtually unchanged from 52.6% in 2007

to 52.5% this year. Students with disabilities whose participation in ISAT or

the PSAE would not be appropriate take the Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA).

The state average on IAA increased from 59.1% to 66.3% in 2008.

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In past years’ some students classified as English

Language Learners (ELL) took the IMAGE exam, however that is no longer an

option. In order for Illinois

to meet federal guidelines under the No Child Left Behind Act, the ISBE had to

eliminate the IMAGE and instead those students were tested using the ISAT or

PSAE with accommodations. The elimination of IMAGE negatively impacted the test

scores of certain school districts, especially those with large clusters of ELLs.

ISAT Math Statewide Average Percentage

Meets/Exceeds:

Grade 3 2003 62%

2004

65%

2005

67%

2006

70%

2007

73%

2008

85.1%

Grade 4 2006 85%

2007

86%

2008

84.6%

Grade 5 2003 69%

2004

72%

2005

73%

2006

79%

2007

83%

2008

81.3%

Grade 6 2006 79%

2007

81%

2008

82.75

Grade 7 2006 76%

2007

79%

2008

80.4%

Grade 8 2003 54%

2004

55%

2005

54%

2006

79%

2007

81%

2008

80.3%

ISAT Reading Statewide Average Percentage

Meets/Exceeds:

Grade 3 2003 62%

2004

65%

2005

67%

2006

70%

2007

73%

2008

71.8%

Grade 4 2006 70%

2007

73%

2008

73.2%

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Grade 5 2003 60%

2004

61%

2005

59%

2006

68%

2007

70%

2008

73.6%

Grade 6 2006 72%

2007

73%

2008

79.1%

Grade 7 2006 72%

2007

73%

2008

77.7%

Grade 8 2003 64%

2004

67%

2005

73%

2006

79%

2007

82%

2008

81.4%

PSAE Statewide Averages Percentage Meets/Exceeds:

Reading

Mathematics

Science

2003

56.4

53.3

51.3

2004

56.8

53.1

52.9

2005

59.5

52.8

52.5

2006

58.4

53.6

50.8

2007

54.1

52.7

51.0

2008

53.3

53.0

51.2

In addition, the School Report Cards have been provided in

record time for the second year in a row to districts statewide – the

earliest release in the 22-years of producing school report cards. 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. Report cards now include the Adequate

Yearly Progress (AYP) School Status information.

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.

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.

Local districts must release their report cards to the

public by October 31st. The ISBE Report Card will be available to the

public on that date.

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