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  • Suburban school superintendents testify about assessments Mar 25, 2014 5:28 AM
    A group of suburban school superintendents are testifying today before the Illinois House Appropriations-Elementary and Secondary Education Committee about funding for state assessments and delaying the launch of a new standardized test. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test is expected to be taken by students in third through 11th grades next school year. Field testing began Monday in 14 states, including Illinois, and the District of Columbia.

  • Suburban school leaders urge state to delay new PARCC test Mar 8, 2014 8:00 AM
    Suburban superintendents are urging the state to delay a new standardized test planned for the 2014-2015 school year. The PARCC would be a logistical nightmare for many districts to administer next spring, the same time the ACT, Advance Placement tests and year-end final exams happen. “It’s logistically going to steal a lot of instructional time that we question its value for our students,” said Superintendent Ken Wallace of Maine Township High School District 207.

  • Which school districts tax the most per student? Jan 22, 2014 5:35 AM
    Property taxes collected to run public schools range from $30,381 per student in Rondout Elementary District 72 to $2,815 per student in East Aurora Unit District 131, with 90 other suburban school districts falling somewhere between. For schools at the bottom end of the ranking, the taxing disparity means more reliance on state and federal resources and more basic programs.

  • How suburban districts are handling changing ACT Jan 5, 2014 8:23 AM
    The ACT has been the benchmark for measuring college readiness since 1959. It's still an important factor, but things have changed: the test is tougher, it's graded harder, and suburban students are more diverse. “It has no resemblance to actual student performance,” said Steve Cordogan of District 214. Administrators are looking for new ways to measure college readiness and new programs to ensure it. We examined approaches in four school districts. Here's what we found.

  • State school report cards now include sports, theater, band, more offerings Dec 31, 2013 5:34 AM
    Parents who want to weigh a school’s merits by the quality of its sports, band or theater programs - not just academics - now have any easy way to accomplish the task. The 2013 report card debuted a section on extracurricular programs. “This is the kind of information that parents and teachers routinely discuss and we wanted to make it available to everyone,” Illinois State Board of Education spokeswoman Mary Fergus said.

  • Schools seeing more diversity than communities they serve Dec 22, 2013 5:30 AM
    Diversity is a reality for more suburban school districts each year, as percentages of students from Hispanic, Asian, black and other minority backgrounds continue to grow. Educators such as Mary Zarr in Palatine District 15 see the face of these changes every day but wonder if the broader community is taking notice. “I don't think people have fully grasped the fast-changing demographics of the school district,” she said.

  • U.S. report card: Scores up, but not all news good Nov 7, 2013 11:10 AM
    Todayís fourth- and eighth-graders are doing better than their predecessors in math and reading, but even with record scores, itís too early to celebrate. The vast majority of the students still are not demonstrating solid academic performance in either subject, according to the 2013 Nationís Report Card, which was released Thursday.

  • District 128 panel meets Nov 3, 2013 4:40 PM
    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 boardís program and personnel committee will meet Monday to discuss student report card data, the school calendar and other issues.

  • Editorial: Where is report card data on school pay? Nov 3, 2013 6:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial questions why, in the midst of the public pension debate in Illinois, the state School Report Cards released Thursday failed to include information on teacher and administrative salaries.

  • How one Kane County school bucked the odds Oct 31, 2013 6:05 PM
    Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School Principal Laura Garland says there is no "magic solution" to improving students scores on state-mandated standardized tests. Just lots of hard work and attention paid to how individual students are doing, which is how Stewart School moved backin to the win column with its scores documented in the 2013 state report card.

  • Report cards show achievement gains at Lake County high schools Oct 31, 2013 6:06 PM
    Lake County high schools made upward strides in the past academic year — some significantly — in results from the state's annual standardized test given to juniors. Educators credit, among other things, students for taking more rigorous Advanced Placement classes. Schools showing marked progress include Antioch, Lakes, Grant, Warren high schools.

  • Report card shows huge dips, some gains across Fox Valley Oct 31, 2013 6:03 PM
    Despite a significant drop in test scores, administrators at Fox River Grove School District 3 are happy the tiny district's roughly 500 students are doing far better than the rest of the state on standardized tests. The two-school district, like many others throughout the Fox Valley, faired poorly in the Illinois Standards Achievement Test with its composite score dipping 15.9 percentage points from the previous year,

  • Some DuPage schools keep more scores above new benchmarks Oct 31, 2013 5:52 AM
    For administrators at many of DuPage County's top-performing elementary schools, the release each year of state report card data usually brings an extra reason to celebrate during Halloween festivities. But this year's data offers a more complicated story, as higher cutoff scores mean fewer students met the mark to be classified as meeting or exceeding state standards. “What used to be a 'meets' is no longer a 'meets,'” said Faith Dahlquist, assistant superintendent for educational services in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200.

  • Despite hurdles, some Northwest suburban high schools trending upward Oct 31, 2013 8:22 AM
    They're not typically among the highest performers, but several Northwest suburban high schools -- Rolling Meadows, Bartlett, Schaumburg and Maine East among them -- have shown marked improvement on standardized testing, according to state report cards released Thursday. “Every student comes in with different strengths and talents and we're all about taking each student as far as they can possibly go,” said Maine East Principal Mike Pressler.

  • School report cards: Why more suburban schools are labeled failing Oct 31, 2013 8:22 AM
    More than 600 schools statewide joined the ranks of those failing to meet standards, according to the released today by the Illinois State Board of Education. Nearly 600 schools made the grade, while 3,169 are deemed failures, according to the state. A change in the testing and grading of those tests is behind the decline.

  • Ask a question, and let our School Checker answer Oct 31, 2013 7:31 PM
    Where are the public schools better -- in the city or in the suburbs? Itís one of the questions you can explore with the Daily Herald School Checker. Pick a suburb, any suburb, and pull up the school test results. Then pick Chicago and pull up the school test results for it.What you find may just surprise you. Thatís only one of the things you can do with the Daily Herald School Checker at

  • Teacher, administrator data not ready until January Oct 31, 2013 12:24 PM
    One segment of information usually included in the state report cards ó demographic and salary data of teachers and administrators ó is not yet available. Standardized test scores, class size data, student demographics and financial details were released Thursday. But information about teachers and administrators may not be ready until January, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

  • Average suburban teacher salaries: from $47,624 to $116,044 Nov 14, 2012 11:59 AM
    The gap between the suburbs' highest- and lowest-paid teachers is cavernous: Teachers in Maine Township High School District 207 top the list with an average teacher salary of $116,044. But teachers in Emmons Elementary District 33 in far Northwest suburban Antioch average $47,624, according to a Daily Herald study of state school report card data from 91 school districts in the North, Northwest and West suburbs.

  • Editorial: Close the Latino Ďachievement gapí Nov 2, 2012 11:11 AM
    Some suburban schools are working to overcome an "achievement gap" between Hispanic students and other suburban students. A Daily Herald editorial agrees with suburban educators who say working to improve the education of the growing Hispanic population is vitally important to our economy.

  • Majority of DuPage districts fail to meet federal standards Oct 31, 2012 6:02 AM
    Out of 30 school districts in the Daily Herald's DuPage County coverage area, 24 failed to make adequate yearly progress in 2012 as defined by the No Child Left Behind act. In many “failing” districts, officials say AYP has risen to an almost unattainable level. “All districts in the state will fail to meet state targets at some point when the target is 100 percent,” said Lori Bein, superintendent of Roselle District 12.

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