This year's Illinois School Report Cards are in, and students at most Glenview schools appear to be meeting or exceeding Illinois averages when it comes to performance on state tests.
The State Board of Education released its annual report cards Thursday. Of the schools ranked in the report cards, 600 passed while 3,169 were "deemed failures," according to a Daily Herald analysis of the State Report Card.
Report cards for most Glenview elementary school districts were impacted by the state board's move to raise expectations — or cut scores — for the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, 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, if the science test is included in results on the ISAT.
In 2013, 82 percent of Glenview School District 30 students met or exceeded standards on the ISAT, while an average of 59 percent met that same benchmark statewide, according to the Illinois State Report Card website. That figured dropped from 94 percent of students in 2012.
Some 92 percent of students in Avoca School District 37 met or exceeded state standards in 2013, as compared to 98 percent the previous year. State test results in Wilmette School District 39 dropped from 97 percent meeting or exceeding state standards to 90 percent in 2013, while results in Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 dropped from 97 percent to 90.
The two school districts with the biggest drop in performance on state tests were East Maine School District 63 and West Northfield School District 31.
In 2013, the number of District 63 students meeting or exceeding state standards dropped 24 percentage points, from 85 percent in 2012 to 61 percent in 2013. Results in West Northfield School District 31 dropped 16 percentage points, from 91 in 2012 percent to 75 in 2013.
The scoring on the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), 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.
At Glenbrook South High School, 83 percent of students met or exceeded state standards on the PSAE in 2013, an increase from 80 percent in 2012. Scores also increased at Maine Township High School, from 50 percent in 2012 to 57 percent in 2013, while they held flat at 89 percent for New Trier students.
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.
At Glenbrook South, 81 percent of students were counted as "ready for college coursework," in comparison to 46 percent at Maine East and 93 percent at New Trier.
See how your school fared by visiting the Illinois State Report Card website.
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