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  • 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.

     
  • Educators hope for break from No Child Left Behind Oct 31, 2011 1:54 PM
    Suburban educators say a more accurate system to gauge student progress is needed if Illinois receives relief from certain federal No Child Left Behind provisions, which critics contend have led to most schools being tagged as failing. “When (almost) every school is labeled as failing, the evaluation becomes meaningless,” said Steve Cordogan, director of research and evaluation for Northwest Suburban High School District 214.

     
  • Report Cards: Lake Co. schools now labeled failures Oct 31, 2011 5:44 AM
    Four Lake County high school school districts were praised in April by the Illinois State Board of Education and a national college organization for implementing more rigorous learning standards for students and boosting Advanced Placement exam participation. But now they are listed as academic failures on the state's 2011 report card.

     
  • Jacobs makes big gains in math Oct 31, 2011 5:39 AM
    Jacobs High School in Algonquin jumped 9.3 percentage points in a statewide mathematics assessment compared to the previous year. The gain is based on the number of students who met or exceeded state standards in 11th-grade math, according to 2011 school report card data released today.

     
  • Report Cards: Richmond still failing Oct 31, 2011 8:49 AM
    Richmond Elementary in St. Charles once again didn't meet state goals for improving students' reading and math skills, but it did improve. But it is a new ballgame this year, as Richmond's students have been blended with another schools.

     
  • Report Cards: Wheeling High flourishing, but failing Oct 31, 2011 5:43 AM
    Despite national recognition for its efforts in science, technology, engineering and math, the highest average ACT college entrance exam score in school history and more students than ever taking and passing Advanced Placement tests, Wheeling High School is failing according to No Child Left Behind standards. "That's why that label has absolutely no value in the community," Principal Laz Lopez says. "It's meaningless.”

     
  • Clock running out on No Child Left Behind? Oct 31, 2010 9:22 PM
    The clock may be running out on No Child Left Behind, and educators already have started to develop new measures that eventually could replace the much-maligned school evaluation system.

     
  • Three Wauconda schools improve, scores show Oct 29, 2010 1:45 PM
    Students at three Wauconda Unit District 118 schools improved their performance on recent standardized tests enough for the buildings to reach federal goals something they didn't do last year.

     
  • Confused by the alphabet soup? Here are some basic terms Oct 29, 2010 1:48 PM
    No Child Left Behind (NCLB): The landmark 2001 federal legislation that requires schools to meet a rising bar on standardized assessments each year or face academic sanctions, such as having to file a school improvement plan or offer a choice of schools.

     
  • Diversity, data winning combination for Timber Trails Oct 29, 2010 1:47 PM
    Timber Trails Elementary School in Elgin Area School District U-46 achieved a rare feat this year: it got a passing grade from the state one year after failing to do so. Only 40 schools throughout the suburbs were able to do that in 2010, out of almost 600.

     
  • Prospect, Schaumburg Dist. 54 make the grade Oct 29, 2010 1:46 PM
    It starts out very small. If a group of students in an Illinois school reaches 45 members, that group whether it be special education students, a minority group or kids with limited English skills qualifies as a subgroup under school testing criteria and No Child Left Behind. And that subgroup needs to reach target testing scores.

     
  • N. Aurora's Fearn School meets higher standard Oct 29, 2010 1:46 PM
    Today is a red-letter day at Fearn Elementary School in North Aurora. The school got a passing grade on the 2010 state-mandated school report card, a year after it failed. And it did so even though the bar for passing was raised. “Our scores are definitely something to cheer about,” said Mary Beth Heilmann, a fourth-grade teacher. “The extra work has paid off.”

     
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