Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) releases new designations and 2018 Report Card

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 10:01am

On October 31, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released designations for every school in the state as part of a new evaluation system. The designations provide a public benchmark of each school’s progress toward the goal of preparing all students for success in college and careers. The state’s new support and accountability system evaluates schools based on a fuller picture of school quality, including the performance of individual student groups and measures beyond test scores. Designations include: exemplary, commendable, underperforming and lowest performing. Champaign Unit 4 School District designations are as follows:

Carrie Busey designated as exemplary by Illinois State Board of Education. An exemplary designation means the school has no underperforming student groups, and performance in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.

Illinois State Board of Education designated 10 schools as commendable. A commendable designation means the school has no underperforming student groups, with performance not in the top 10 percent of schools statewide. The commendable schools are: Central High School, Centennial High School, Barkstall Elementary. Bottenfield Elementary, Dr. Howard Elementary, Kenwood Elementary, International Prep Academy, Robeson Elementary, Stratton Academy of the Arts and Westview Elementary.

Illinois State Board of Education designated six schools as underperforming. An underperforming designation means the school has one or more student groups performing at or below the “all students” group in the lowest 5 percent of Title I eligible schools statewide. Underperforming schools will receive targeted support from the state and be required to submit an action plan for improving performance utilizing the funding provided.

A student group or “subgroup” is defined as 20 or more students in one school who share certain demographic or educational criteria.

Below are the schools and specific subgroups that are underperforming:

  • Edison Middle School - Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Black students
  • Jefferson Middle School - Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 
  • Franklin STEAM Academy - Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Black students
  • Garden Hills Elementary School - Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Black students
  • South Side Elementary - Low income and Black students
  • Booker T. Washington STEM Academy - Black students

For elementary schools, the summative designations are comprised of math and English/language arts proficiency (measured by Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC), English learner progress toward proficiency, chronic absenteeism rate and student growth in math and English/language arts (also measured by PARCC). Student growth accounts for 50 percent of the overall summative rating, which is a welcome recognition by the state of Illinois, as we have been emphasizing student growth as a significant measure of overall school and district success for many years.

For high schools, the summative designations are comprised of math and English/language arts proficiency (measured by SAT), English Learner progress toward proficiency, college and career readiness, chronic absenteeism, and graduation rate. Student graduation rate accounts for 50 percent of the overall summative recognition.

“We are pleased that for the first time ever, the state’s funding and accountability systems recognize that different schools in different communities need different supports to reach the same outcomes - just as each individual child needs different tools and encouragement to succeed,” Superintendent Dr. Susan Zola said.

In addition to the new summative designations, ISBE also recently released the 2018 Report Card. District and school report cards are helpful tools for community members and parents to learn about their local schools in the following categories: student characteristics, the instructional setting, district finances and student performance on state assessments.

Highlights of the year’s Champaign Unit 4 School District report card include:

  • 2018 SAT percent proficient for both English/language arts and math are higher than state average, and reflect improvement over last year.
    • In 2018 - 41 percent meet and exceed in English/language arts; 40 percent meet and exceed in math.
    • In 2017 - 38.5 percent meet and exceed in English/language arts; 37.7 percent meet and exceed in math.
  • 2018 data shows more graduating seniors enrolling in a two- or four-year college within 12 months, increasing from 71 percent in 2017 to 75 percent in 2018.
  • The overall district percent of meet and exceed in either Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) or Standardized Admission Test (SAT) remained steady and consistent with last year.
  • PARCC and SAT data show achievement gap for African American students the same as in 2017; achievement gap for low-income students the same as in 2017. This supports the current district equity initiatives continuing to be priority as we work to decrease the achievement gap.

“District report cards provide our administrators and teachers with a snapshot of how our students are performing,” Dr. Zola said. “While standardized testing is only one component, test results do help us identify opportunities for improvement and growth. And, right now, decreasing the achievement gap and providing an equitable learning environment is a priority.”

Learn more about the school designations and Champaign Unit 4 School District performance.

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