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  • 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? It’s 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. That’s only one of the things you can do with the Daily Herald School Checker at http://reportcards.dailyherald.com.

     
  • Teacher, administrator data not ready until January Oct 31, 2013 12:24 PM
    One segment of information usually included in the state report cards — demographic and salary data of teachers and administrators — 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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 ‘achievement gap’ 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.

     
  • School report cards: Hispanic 'achievement gap' Oct 31, 2012 8:08 AM
    Northwest suburban Hispanic high school students are doing better on standardized tests than their downstate counterparts, but the gap between Latino students and others is too great. "If a huge portion of our population doesn't succeed, our country doesn't succeed," said a school counselor.

     
  • School report cards: Stevenson leads suburban schools Oct 31, 2012 5:43 AM
    Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire again has swept the five academic categories among high schools, according to state report card data from 92 suburban school districts examined by the Daily Herald. For the second consecutive year, Stevenson led in composite scores, reading, math, science and ACT college entrance exam results.

     
  • 6 of 30 DuPage districts passing No Child Left Behind standards Oct 31, 2012 8:10 AM
    Out of 30 DuPage County school districts, only six smaller, relatively affluent DuPage districts remain ahead of the curve of No Child Left Behind standards, according to the annual state report card data released today. The 2012 report card data measure student achievement on standardized testing.

     
  • North Aurora elementary school passes — district peers do not Oct 31, 2012 8:12 AM
    Fearn Elementary School in North Aurora bounced back to the "pass" side of the school report cards, once again the only school in West Aurora District 129 to do so. Bell-Graham Elementary School in St. Charles joined that district's list of schools that failed to make "adequate yearly progress."

     
  • School report cards: Huntley posts big gains in science Oct 31, 2012 6:18 AM
    It's not an exact science, but educators in Huntley Unit District 158 say more challenging coursework, continued adjustments to the curriculum and high expectations of all students helped high school juniors again raise the bar in a statewide science assessment. The number of Huntley High School juniors who met or exceeded state standards in science jumped 8.1 percentage points.

     
  • Tough new ‘Common Core’ tests designed to better prepare students Oct 31, 2012 5:30 AM
    State education officials say the current method of testing students isn't properly measuring their progress, but they're hoping the implementation of a new set of internationally benchmarked learning standards in English and math will change that. The so-called "Common Core" standards have been adopted by Illinois and 47 other states in an attempt to better prepare students for higher education and beyond.

     
  • Kaneland, Batavia schools must offer attendance choice Sep 16, 2012 6:43 AM
    Two more local schools are giving their students the option of attending other schools this fall.Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn and Rotolo Middle School in Batavia must offer the so-called “school choice” because of the results of standardized tests students took in the spring.School choice is required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which sets passing standards for schools and for subgroups of student types in those schools.Kaneland District 302 is dealing with the requirement for the first time. Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School is offering a choice after it failed to make adequate yearly progress because one of the school's subgroups — the economically disadvantaged — didn't have enough students score well in reading. Only 75.5 percent made the grade.

     
  • 7 local schools meet federal standards after failing Nov 1, 2011 3:13 PM
    With constantly rising expectations, it's not easy for schools to make “adequate yearly progress” as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act. Still, at least seven schools in the North, Northwest and West suburbs made AYP this year after failing last year. Another three schools met standards for the second year in a row, winning removal from state and federal academic watch lists.

     
  • Report Cards: Lisle students make big strides Nov 1, 2011 3:12 PM
    Lisle Senior High School's average composite ACT score improved from 22.0 to 23.1 (out of a perfect score of 36_ from 2010 to 2011 — the largest improvement among 69 high schools in the Daily Herald's coverage area of North, Northwest and West suburbs, according to 2011 state report card data released today.

     
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