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  • Improving DuPage scores show ‘teaching math finally makes sense’ Oct 31, 2014 6:21 AM
    Students at many West suburban elementary schools are showing more growth in math than in reading despite new math standards educators say are more rigorous and a more difficult test. “We showed growth in math in spite of the introduction of all Common Core items,” said Patrick Nolten, executive director of research and assessment for Indian Prairie Unit District 204. "People were predicting all doom and gloom, but we didn't see that."

  • Northwest suburban schools grow more in math than reading Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Two plus two is the same in every language. There’s no trick answer, there’s no need for context or comprehension to find the answer. For those reasons and a few others, Northwest suburban students are making more progress in math than in reading, officials say. “We know the good news is our kids are growing,” said Janelle Hockett, director of school improvement in District 21.

  • Personal attention improving Tri-Cities school scores Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Individualized attention is among the reasons for improved mathematics and reading growth scores for Kaneland McDole Elementary School in Montgomery. Those score, released today, were among the best of elementary or middle schools in the West Aurora, Kaneland, Batavia, Geneva, Central and St. Charles school districts.

  • State officials: No more 'failing' schools this year Oct 31, 2014 6:39 AM
    There are no more “failing” schools in Illinois, state education officials say, as a new performance yardstick comes into play. “I think we probably were labeling too many schools as either being successful or failing in the past using crude (measurements),” State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch said. “It's just not that simple. I'm glad we're moving away from that.”

  • Geneva High atop local lists for science, reading Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Geneva High School continued to have the highest composite average ACT score among schools in and near the Tri-Cities, despite a slight dip in that score. And Kaneland High School's score climbed 5.2 percent.

  • Lake Zurich Unit District 95 critical of proposal to redistribute state education funding Oct 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Concerned about the possible loss of $3 million annually, Lake Zurich Unit District 95 wants residents to encourage lawmakers to oppose a proposal that would change how the state funds schools. District 95's position is shared by other suburban school systems.

  • Quincy University working to fix mold problems Oct 30, 2014 7:18 PM
    Quincy University officials are trying to combat mold found in several buildings owned by the school.

  • Harper DeaFest brings expo, magic show to deaf audience Oct 30, 2014 6:15 PM
    A centerpiece of this year's DeaFest at Harper College is an international magic competition performed entirely in sign langugage. "The audience can just sit back and watch without feeling there’s any handicap,” says Debby Sampson, one of the organizers.

  • District 103 offers survey Oct 30, 2014 5:47 PM
    Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 have created an online community survey to help develop a five-year plan.

  • Work starts on UI Labs headquarters Oct 30, 2014 2:50 PM
    The developers of a public-private research lab have broken ground on its headquarters in Chicago. The UI Labs project is intended to link the University of Illinois, the city of Chicago and the state’s government and major companies.

  • Harper College toasts ‘Distinguished Alumni’ honorees Oct 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Harper College held an intimate ceremony Wednesday night recognizing eight alums for the contributions in their careers and community.

  • Harper College fire science instructor stepping down after 42 years Oct 30, 2014 6:51 AM
    Richard Keyworth, who has taught hundreds of aspiring firefighters over four decades at Harper College, is retiring. Former students and colleagues called him a "gentle giant" who kept up with a demanding learning curve. “There are some people that just go through the motions, but Dick is very passionate,” Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac said.

  • Northwest suburban educators ‘will not stand’ for state funding cuts Oct 31, 2014 1:18 AM
    Three Northwest suburban school districts held a joint forum Thursday night to rally parents and taxpayers against Senate Bill 16, a controversial proposal that would redistribute state funding among Illinois public school districts. “This would be a major disruption to the services that this community offers and to the services that your students receive, and we will not stand for that,” Palatine-Schaumburg District 211 Superintendent Dan Cates told the crowd.

  • Our Lady of Destiny, St. Zachary schools in Des Plaines to partner up Oct 30, 2014 6:04 PM
    Officials from two Catholic elementary schools in Des Plaines are being tasked with combining elements from both schools in preparation for their merger at the end of the year. What’s less clear is the extent of that new partnership. "Our name will die when the school closes," said Our Lady of Destiny Principal Linda Chorazy. "I guess the archdiocese has a new definition of a merger.”

  • Libertyville third-graders get special visit on grandparents day Oct 30, 2014 4:10 PM
    Students in third grade classes at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville had a special visit Thursday with their grandparents.

  • No school in Waukegan Thursday Oct 29, 2014 9:38 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday moved to intervene in the nearly monthlong Waukegan teacher strike, telling Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico to try to strike a deal. But an accord still hadn’t been reached as of 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from Waukegan Unit District 60, and there is no school on Thursday.

  • Kane County launches, plans to expand peer jury program Oct 29, 2014 11:41 PM
    Kane County has launched a Peer Jury Program, through which students who commit first-time non-violent offenses are assigned a punishment by other students instead of going before a juvenile court judge. "Coming from a teenager their own age, it really makes an impact on them. That's the point," said a prosecutor involved in the program Peer juries began in Chicago in 1995 and are currently offered in Elgin, Aurora and Dundee Township.

  • Our Lady of Destiny School in Des Plaines closing next year Oct 29, 2014 11:46 PM
    Our Lady of Destiny Catholic School in Des Plaines is one of nine Catholic elementary schools in Cook and Lake counties that will close its doors at the end of the school year as part of a restructuring plan announced Wednesday. The Des Plaines school is one of a handful of schools targeted for closure that will “merge students and traditions” to a nearby school — in this case, St. Zachary School, also in Des Plaines.

  • Funding plan punishes successful schools Oct 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Guest columnist Fred Heid: I support the state in their effort to develop a formula to better fund public schools. However, I cannot support any formula that penalizes efficiently run school districts that operate below the state average for expenditure per pupil and achieve higher than state average performance scores.

  • New Woodlands head of school: Oct 29, 2014 6:10 PM
    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart board of trustees voted unanimously to appoint Margaret (Meg) Steele to become the next head of school, succeeding Gerald Grossman July 1, 2015, officials said in a news release.

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