Information Regarding New District Report Card

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 1:09pm

Today, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the state report card as well as report cards for schools and districts across the state.

This year, the state is in the process of making significant changes to its education structure to demand higher levels of learning than ever before. In turn, the state ISBE has raised the bar in its performance expectations on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test in Math and English Language Arts to provide a clearer picture of students’ progress toward college and career readiness. As a result, far fewer students are meeting and exceeding performance expectations.

These higher expectations do not mean that our students here in Champaign know less or are less capable. ISBE is simply raising the bar on how much it expects from students and teachers.

Highlights of this year’s District report card include:

·         The District graduation rate has increased from 81.4% last year to 86.1% and has made significant gains in increasing the graduation rate of African-American and low-income students.

·         Bottenfield and South Side Elementary Schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2012-2013 school year.

·         If we use the previous scale for this year’s test scores, our students are performing on par with their peers from previous years.

·         The District report card offers a snapshot of how students in our District are performing but is not the only measure of success. As a District, our focus will remain on outcomes and ensuring that all of our students are prepared for post-secondary success after graduation.

Champaign Unit #4 School District is embracing this challenge and encourages parents and the community at large to lend their support during this transition. Together, we can help our schools put our students on the fast-track to a successful and prosperous future.

For more information about the new cut scores, please visit the following resources:

Raised Cut Scores Fact Sheet

Raised Cut Scores FAQ

2013 Scale Performance Level Cut Scores

To view the new District report card, you can visit the following site:

ISBE eReport Card Public Site