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Grants fuel solar plans at Lake Zurich Middle School North Nov 3, 2014 1:09 PM
Lake Zurich Middle School North powered up the new school year with solar panels, thanks to a $7,000 grant through the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and an $895 grant from the panel manufacturer, Solar Star.
Colleges work to educate engaged residents Nov 3, 2014 3:15 PM
At first glance, the connection between fallen leaves and ballots may not be readily apparent. Certainly, the act of raking leaves is as much a symbol of fall as the American rite of the November Election Day.
Live election coverage: Nov 3, 2014 5:49 PM
Stevenson High School’s Political Action Club will broadcast live election coverage from a student perspective Tuesday on the school’s TV network and at citizenu.org.
Time's up: 5 tips to tackle student loan debt Nov 3, 2014 8:13 AM
Tackling a hefty new monthly expense can be daunting, particularly for recent grads who haven't found steady work. But grads have many options for making student loan payments more manageable, even putting them off, if they qualify. Here are five ways recent grads can manage their student loan debt.
U-46 CEO: A few things could create $24 million deficit Nov 1, 2014 7:35 AM
Elgin Area School District U-46 could be up to $24 million in the hole this school year, CEO Tony Sanders says. That could happen if a few things happen to contribute to the deficit. “If the state does not have the money to fund education, we would be seeing significant reductions in our budget by this school year,” Sanders said.
West Chicago kindergarten teacher explains ‘in-depth’ focus on math Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
Teachers have updated their lessons to better prepare students for the math elements of the Common Core, a set of state standards that are more rigorous than previous requirements to help prepare students for college and careers. The Daily Herald talked with Karen Brogan, a kindergarten teacher at Wegner Elementary in West Chicago, to learn how teachers have adjusted curriculum — even at the earliest grades — to provide a more “in-depth” understanding of math concepts.
Dist. 54’s 1,000-book classrooms praised Oct 31, 2014 5:10 PM
The Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school board plans to visit 19 teachers across the district in November to praise them for filling their classroom libraries with more than 1,000 books. A significant body of research suggests that the more children read, the better readers they become. As part of the district’s Literary Task Force, officials learned that experts recommend that every classroom should have 1,000 books to meet the wide range of abilities and interests of the children.
Overall improvement in Fox Valley schools Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
For the second year, Fox Valley school districts saw modest gains, and significant dips in standardized test scores. Yet, educators at the two largest school districts say their students are “improving” in the areas of mathematics and reading per a new “growth” score assigned to each district based on the progress of individual students. Judging a school’s performance by test scores alone is no longer the primary measure, said Laura Hill, assessment and accountability director for Elgin Area School District U-46.
27.0 average leads ACT performance in DuPage Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
With average ACT scores as high as 27.0, 25.2 and 25.0, several DuPage County high schools shined on standardized tests taken this spring. Hinsdale Central led the way with an average ACT score of 27.0 among students who took the test this spring, while students at Naperville Central averaged a 25.2, and those at both Naperville North and Neuqua Valley high schools compiled an average score of 25.0. ACT scores were listed as part of school report card data released Friday by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Time-lapse video: St. Peter Lutheran students form a '150' Oct 31, 2014 4:25 PM
It opened in 1864 in the back of a shoemaker's shop, but now, 150 years later, St. Peter Lutheran School remains a thriving part of Arlington Heights. On Friday, the kids gathered in the gym to make a human "150" sign.
New District 79 board member: Oct 31, 2014 5:39 PM
The Fremont Elementary District 79 school board has selected Gabriela Lucero Whipple to fill the vacancy left when Sandra Bickley moved out of the area.
Union leader backs county commissioner for Chicago mayor Oct 31, 2014 7:24 PM
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis has thrown her support behind a Cook County commissioner’s effort to unseat Rahm Emanuel as the city’s mayor.
Best and worst on Fox Valley report cards Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
A majority of Fox Valley high schools saw an increase in their ACT composite scores, according to 2014 Illinois Report Card data released today. Only 10 of 23 high schools scored at or above the state average score of 22.2 for the college entrance exam. The best among them was Kaneland, which improved the most going from 21.1 to 22.2. Geneva High School maintained the highest ACT score at 24.2.
Where school scores soared in Lake County Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
Students at Pritchett Elementary School in Buffalo Grove scored significantly better on the state’s most recent standardized tests than they did the previous year, experiencing one of the biggest growth spurts in Lake County, new data shows. Pritchett’s scores improved dramatically in both reading and math, according to the state's report cards of schools.
Stevenson High again earns top marks on report cards Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
Stevenson High School students' latest scores on the ACT college entrance exam and the Prairie State Achievement Exam are among the best in the suburbs, newly released data shows. The news wasn't as good for Round Lake High School, which reported scores that were among the lowest in the region. But Round Lake's scores are improving.
ECC receives national equity award for diversity programs Oct 31, 2014 11:19 AM
Elgin Community College is among three community colleges nationwide to receive the 2014 Central Regional Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees.
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.”
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."
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.
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.
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