Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Tinley Park elementary school must allow students to transfer to within District 146 after a subgroup's reading scores didn't meet federally mandated standards. Officials will address this issue at a community meeting Wednesday.
- Joe Vince
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Officials at Memorial Elementary School recently found out that the school faces federal sanctions, which include allowing parents to transfer their child to another school in the district, because it did not reach its Annual Yearly Progress goals for 2012 as part of the federal No Child Left Behind program. Parents were informed about the sanctions and what it could mean to students in a packet sent out late last week. Memorial and Community Consolidated School District 146 administrators also will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, to answer questions and concerns. "This isn't an indictment of Memorial's quality of education," said D146 Supt. Jeff Stawick. "Anyone in the community who thinks that needs more information." The …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Bremen High School District 228 has some work to do to measure up to state requirements in standardized testing.
The standardized testing at the heart of the federal No Child Left Behind law has served as a virtual report card on local schools, and if Illinois schools were assigned a letter grade on those tests, most would be getting Fs. About 80 percent of Illinois schools fail to meet standards under NCLB. In February, the Illinois State Board of Education plans to seek a waiver from some of the law’s provisions now that the president has authorized states to seek exemptions if they commit to reform efforts. Specifically, the state wants an exemption from the requirement that all students must pass standardized reading and math tests by 2014. In October, the state released standardized test data. Illinois Statehouse News reported on the results: …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
With a majority of school districts not making Adequate Yearly Progress – including District 230 – the state board looks for a more realistic approach.
The standardized testing at the heart of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation has served as a virtual report card on local schools, and if Illinois schools were assigned a letter grade on those tests, most would be getting Fs. Consolidated School District 230 did not make Adequate Yearly Progress, a NCLB guideline that focuses specifically on standardized test scores. But the district surpassed state averages on test scores including the college-prep ACT, the Prairie State Assessment Exam and the Illinois Alternate Assessment. All three district schools also produced higher graduation rates than the state average. About 65 percent of Illinois schools total fail to meet standards under NCLB. In February, the Illinois State Board of …
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Fulton and Central schools' special needs subgroups didn't make AYP, spurring plans for improvements.
Central Middle School and Fulton Elementary School this week talked plans to make federal No Child Left Behind education in a system where if one group doesn't hit the rising target each year, the whole school is marked down. In both cases, that group was students with cognitive disabilities. On Monday, the principal of each District 146 school presented to the school board their AYP results. AYP means adequate yearly progress and means, among other factors, that the school didn't meet the state's benchmarks for progress on standardized test scores in math and reading. Central Middle School and Fulton Elementary didn't make AYP, although both schools' overall scores were well above the state's target of 77.5 percent meeting or …
Monday, November 15, 2010
Each year, the state measures a school's Adequate Yearly Progress toward No Child Left Behind goals. How did your child's school do in 2009-2010?
While the students fear D's and F's, the letters most terrifying to many school districts are AYP. AYP stands for Adequate Yearly Progress and it's the benchmark for meeting standards the state of Illinois set to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The feds had certain goals and left it up to the states to meet those goals. If a school doesn't make certain strides toward those goals in a year, the state determines it hasn't made Adequate Yearly Progress toward those goals. Although no Tinley Park schools are near that point, continuing to miss AYP for several years endangers that district's federal funding. It's a convoluted system, where a passing score last year is a fail this year and Tinley Park schools with …