State of Illinois’s New School Designation

Informed by Multiple Measures

District 30 exists to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child. Toward that end, we foster intellectual, physical, and social-emotional growth. We consistently review multiple measures of data to inform instruction and also to affirm student growth and achievement. It is important to always consider the complete profile of each student and not the sole performance from one assessment score.

District 30’s Assessment Plan allows for the review of multiple measures over time. Every fall and spring, students in grades 2 through 8 take the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAP Assessment in Mathematics and Reading. Our students consistently perform in the top 10% of schools in the nation for growth and achievement in both Mathematics and Reading. They also continue to score at high levels on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA), and other local assessments.

District 30’s Strong PARCC Achievement

Our PARCC performance scores continue to be among the highest in the state:

  • In English Language Arts (ELA), 75% of our students met or exceeded standards as compared to the State Average of 37%.
  • In Mathematics, 78% of our students met or exceeded standards as compared to the State Average of 32%.

The State of Illinois’ Student Growth Percentile (SGP) is defined as the percentage of students across Illinois that an individual student scored equal to or better for the current testing year when compared only to students that received the same score the previous year.

District 30’s SGP scores were also above the state average:

  • In ELA, 55.3% of our students as compared to the State Average of 50% for students with the same scale scores on PARCC the previous year.
  • In Mathematics, 61.6% of our students as compared to the State Average of 50% for students with the same scale scores on PARCC the previous year.

State of Illinois New School Designations

This year, the State of Illinois has introduced school designations that are determined by an Index Score that is based upon ten factors:

  • PARCC performance in ELA and Mathematics each accounted for 20% of a school’s Index Score.
  • SGP accounted for 50% of a school’s Index Score (weighted 2.5 times as much as performance).
  • The remainder of the Index Score is determined by English Language Progress to Proficiency (5%), Chronic Absenteeism (20%), and a School Climate Survey (5%) that will go online next year.

According to the Illinois State Board of Education:

Schools receive a score between 0 and 100 for each indicator. These indicators are weighted according to the plan and added to create a school’s total Index Score. ISBE rank ordered schools serving K-8 bands. Next, Index Scores for each school’s subgroups (minimum n-size = 20) are generated (ELs, Former ELs, IEP, Low Income, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Black, Pacific Islander, White, and Multi-Racial).

Ratings were then assigned according to the following criteria:

Summary

District 30 continues to provide an outstanding education for all children while recognizing the individuality of each child. I recognize the hard work and commitment of our teachers, and I am proud of the efforts and achievement of our students. As a district, we support the inclusion of growth models and look forward to examining how this new State of Illinois information can further guide our efforts.

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