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    12/11/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Thanks to engineering competition, at least one participant has a new career goal
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    LCHS student wins $1,000 FFA grant
    12/7/2005 -

    Lincoln Courier
    Ross Conrady, a Lincoln Commu-nity High School FFA member, learned this week he is one of eight FFA members in the nation to receive a $1,000 grant for his Supervised Agriculture Experience projects.
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    Scores could improve
    11/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    District 23 officials would like to see more improvement on state test results

    Prospect Heights Elementary School District 23 officials are pleased with results from the 2005 Illinois Standards Achievement Test but feel the district could do better.
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    11/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
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    A look at No Child Left Behind
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    At least 95 percent of students overall and in each subgroup must be tested for reading and math.
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    D-15 scores up despite budget, staff cuts
    10/31/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    McHENRY – District 15 continues to meet or exceed state standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, according to the 2005 district report card.
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    Low-income schools in D-300 raise test scores
    10/28/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    CARPENTERSVILLE – District 300 schools with mostly low-income students made overall progress on their most recent state tests, officials reported this week.
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    CPS may raise math's profile
    10/25/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago Public Schools officials want to toughen their promotion policy, bringing back math as a factor in determining whether kids have to repeat a grade or not -- 19 months after they dropped it.
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    Editorial: What Norfolk teaches Chicago
    10/18/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    One of the most laudable aspects of the federal No Child Left Behind Act is the requirement that the test scores of every subgroup of students--black, Hispanic, special education and others--be reported publicly.

    That amounted to an earthquake in the world of education. No longer could the progress of these minority groups--or lack of progress--be hidden within higher overall school averages.
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    Alton test scores make gains
    10/14/2005 -

    Alton Telegraph
    ALTON -- It is as clear as red, green and blue. Alton’s elementary school students -- including the district’s black and low-income students -- made marked gains on last spring’s all-important Illinois Standards Achievement Test.
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    Students: Gifted programs
    10/7/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    WOODSTOCK – To Cameron Fyfe, being in his school's gifted program is a welcome challenge.
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    Editorial: Class ranking is important
    10/7/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    Administrators at Naperville School District 203's two high schools have been discussing whether they should do away with class rank.

    No decision has been made, but the reason for doing so would be that the schools are so competitive that a student with what one would consider relatively high grades could still be near the middle of the pack in class rank — a factor that could hurt their chances of getting into the college of their choice.
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    D-26 to evaluate reading program some fall behind
    9/29/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    CARY – District 26 plans to evaluate the way it teaches reading to fifth-graders after the students' standardized testing scores were revealed.
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    Black students named contest semifinalists
    9/28/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Here are the names of area semifinalists in the 2006 National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. for black students.
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    'Distracted' students
    9/21/2005 -
    Kankakee Daily Journal
    Poverty plays major role in student achievement
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    Dist. 211 can’t keep success of schools, students a secret
    9/21/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 already has a handful of blue ribbons — awards of excellence handed out by the U.S. Department of Education to every single school in the district. And now it has another gold medal for its trophy case.
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    High schools to get overhaul
    9/19/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago public high schools fall woefully short and it's time for radical change, including new curriculum, new schools and a way to judge schools beyond test scores, Chicago Public Schools officials plan to announce today.
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    Area schools fail NCLB goals
    9/15/2005 -

    Alton Telegraph
    The state of Illinois red-flagged 17 area schools Wednesday for failing to meet federal No Child Left Behind testing standards.
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    Highlights from Illinois statewide testing
    9/15/2005 -
    Associated Press
    A look at the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test and the Prairie State Achievement Exam for 2003, 2004 and, finally, 2005:
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    State reading scores up, but high schoolers lag
    9/15/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Statewide reading test scores jumped, particularly in eighth grade and the traditionally hard-to-crack 11th grade, but high schoolers continued a long-standing trend of low scores overall, new figures released by the state show.
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    U46 test scores higher
    9/14/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    New scoring: Criteria changed, but analysis says IMAGE test scores still improved
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    High school seniors named Merit semifinalists
    9/14/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Here are the names of area semifinalists in the 2006 National Merit Scholarship Program. These high school seniors may compete for $33 million in Merit Scholarship awards that will be offered next spring.
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    Black Star founder: 'Parents are key'
    8/30/2005 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    Quincy Public Schools took a first step in addressing the academic achievement gap, and now it's time to spread the responsibility to the community in general and parents in particular.
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    ACT scores are down slightly in St. Charles district
    8/26/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    ACT scores of students at St. Charles East and North high schools dropped slightly last year from the previous year, according to data released this week by the St. Charles school district.

    The average composite score for students at St. Charles East was 21.5 in the 2004-05 school year, compared to 21.6 in 2003-04. At St. Charles North, the composite was 22 in 2004-05 and 22.1 in 2003-04.
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    Student tests provide mixed results for Decatur schools; single-year dropout rate decreases
    8/25/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - Test scores are out for Decatur schools, and results are mixed.
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    Governor signs high school reform bill
    8/25/2005 -

    State Journal Register
    High school students will have to study more core subjects under legislation Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed Wednesday.
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    School requirements raised
    8/25/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    High school students will need to take more math, English and science courses

    Entering high school freshmen will have to take more math, English and science classes than their older classmates.

    Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a new law on Wednesday that requires students to pass additional classes in those subjects before they can receive high school diplomas.
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    Students face heftier load
    8/25/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    High school diploma standards beefed up
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    State ups graduation standards
    8/25/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    School officials are waiting for clarification on the new high school requirements.
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    10 tips for academic success
    8/21/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Children's book publisher Scholastic offers tips for your child's academic success:
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    ACT scores down slightly at QND, hold steady at QHS
    8/18/2005 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    The composite ACT college entrance exam score for students at Quincy High School has remained steady at 19.6 over the last four years, while Quincy Notre Dame's score took a slight dip from 22.4 in 2005 to 21.6 in 2004.
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    Chicago public schools' ACT scores on rise
    8/17/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago public school ACT scores moved up a solid notch this year, despite flat scores across Illinois and the nation as a whole, new data showed Tuesday.
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    Third of grads not ready for college
    8/5/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    If colleges are to retain and graduate more students, the state needs to do a better job of educating them long before they set foot on campus, lawmakers and educators said Thursday.
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    Chicago reading scores surge
    8/4/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago finally broke the reading barrier in high school this year, producing solid gains after years of flat-lining scores, preliminary results of state tests indicated Wednesday.
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    Kennedy High School has reason to celebrate
    8/4/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    About 20 Kennedy High School summer school students Wednesday were the first to hear of their school's dramatic turnaround.
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    Editorial: Extend the success of No Child Left Behind Act to higher grade levels
    7/20/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    There's an old adage that if you want to improve something, measure it.
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    Hispanics lag in education, struggle with funding, language support
    7/19/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said Monday the "achievement gap is beginning to close" between Hispanic and white students, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton countered that she's not convinced the federal government is doing enough to help Hispanic youth get through school.

    Spellings and Clinton each spoke at the convention of the National Council of La Raza, a four-day event that ends Tuesday.
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    Grade inflation diminishes excellent students' efforts
    7/17/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Across America high schools and colleges are now on summer schedules.
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    Increased enrollment in line with district's key goals
    7/16/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    CHAMPAIGN – Dedrick Martin says enrollment of black and low-income students in advanced placement classes in Champaign schools increased again last year.
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    Two area schools receive state awards
    7/15/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    As part of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Safe and Healthy Schools initiative, two area school districts were awarded "greening grants" Thursday.
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    Commentary: Informed advice = student success
    7/12/2005 -
    Achieve.org
    We are all familiar with the data. Although a majority of high school graduates go on to college, nearly one-third end up in remedial courses, and most of those students drop out without earning a degree.
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    Standardized test scores improve at Ball-Chatham
    7/11/2005 -

    State Journal Register
    CHATHAM - A concerted effort in the Ball-Chatham School District to raise standardized test scores is paying off, according to officials who cite preliminary Illinois Student Achievement Test data for the 2004-05 school year.
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    Editorial: Hit the books, not the remote
    7/6/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    If you want your children to be Rhodes scholars, one route is a dead end: couch potato.
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    Recount helpful for Pekin school
    6/30/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Proves enough high schoolers took standardized tests to meet requirements PEKIN - A recount of high school juniors who took state standardized tests during the 2002-2003 school year proved favorable for Pekin Community High School and potentially could save District 303 thousands of dollars.
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    Record few must attend summer school
    6/23/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    A record low number of Chicago Public Schools students will go to mandatory summer school, CPS officials announced Wednesday.
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    Groups join forces to launch 'Closing the Gaps' campaign
    6/17/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    An historic alliance, formed to confront the persistent achievement gap between black, hispanic and white students, kicked off Thursday with a long list of legislative goals — topped with a renewed effort to pass public school finance reform.
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    Today's top students probably are smarter
    6/16/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Fact is, we grow older every minute.
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    Leaving its mark: Readiness program gives high school students taste of college life, valuable preparation
    6/16/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - Gayle Maddox might have a future in forensics.
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    Daley turns to schools to deflect drug bust
    6/10/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Mayor Richard Daley sought Thursday to shift attention away from alleged drug dealing by city workers, preferring to celebrate improved reading test scores in Chicago public schools.
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    Career Cultivation: High school students interested in agriculture take part in SIUC cooperative youth conference
    6/10/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    CARBONDALE - City dwellers may be familiar with the concept through a grocery store or health food store co-op.
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    Summer strategy
    6/10/2005 -

    State Journal Register
    Finals are over, books are turned in, lockers are empty and the final bell has rung.
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    City reading scores edge up to record high
    6/9/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago elementary school reading scores inched upward to record highs this year on the city's oldest measuring stick of progress -- but only after a scoring "error" was corrected in the vaunted Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.
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    Strategic plan for teaching to be developed
    6/6/2005 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    CHAMPAIGN – Some of Marianne Whitacre's students read at their grade level, but others struggle, so she modifies her lessons and gives individual attention to those who need help.
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    Area schools ready to adjust but worry about costs
    6/5/2005 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    As a young teacher, Danville High School Principal Gail Garner worked a second job doing sheet metal work, a job that didn't require a college degree.
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    Incoming freshmen face stiffer math, English requirements
    6/2/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    PEORIA - Illinois high school students graduating in 2009 will have to work a little bit harder for their diplomas because of new graduation requirements.
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    Schools should foster, not exile, great achievements by students
    6/2/2005 -

    Sun Publications
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    State raises high school graduation requirements
    6/1/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    It's about to get harder to graduate from high school in Illinois. A bill passed the Illinois House late Tuesday that will increase requirements in math, science, English and writing. The legislation passed the Senate in April, and Gov. Blagojevich is expected to sign it.
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    Program looks to raise grades, get kids thinking about future
    5/31/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    Laurie Nady didn't understand why she struggled in school. She brought home a D in math and a C in biology, which were not her usual grades. She was excelling in a higher level English class and was motivated, but she couldn't grasp the material.
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    Letter to the Editor: Time to try something new for Illinois residents
    5/30/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/opinions/letters/e30kairis.htm
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    School Law Spurs Efforts to End the Minority Gap
    5/27/2005 -

    New York Times
    Spurred by President Bush's No Child Left Behind law, educators across the nation are putting extraordinary effort into improving the achievement of minority students, who lag so sharply that by 12th grade, the average black or Hispanic student can read and do arithmetic only as well as the average eighth-grade white student.
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    When straight A's just aren't enough
    5/26/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Lockport Township High School will weigh the grades of students based on the difficulty of their coursework beginning with the graduating class of 2006.
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    High school diploma may get tougher
    5/25/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Blagojevich wants to beef up standards
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    Teachers condemn standardized, mandated testing as overemphasized and superficial
    5/22/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    Educators say they celebrated when they first heard about George Bush's No Child Left Behind legislation and its lofty goals.
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    Stevenson ranks among top 100 schools in nation
    5/10/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Stevenson High School has earned a place in a Newsweek’s list of top public high schools in the nation.
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    Letter to the Editor: Address the gap
    5/5/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Are we really concerned about the ''skill gap''? Research on the skill gap by major universities, the president's No Child Left Behind law, and school districts' before- and after-school programs are mere Band-Aids and lip service to a very serious education issue.
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    51 given Merit Scholarships
    4/20/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The National Merit Scholarship Corp. of Evanston announced its first round of 2005 Merit Scholarship winners Wednesday, naming about 1,070 high school seniors across the nation, including 51 in the Chicago area.
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    National Merit Scholarship winners announced
    4/20/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Nine local high school students have earned National Merit Scholarship Awards, joining 60 other Illinois winners.
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    GOV. BLAGOJEVICH'S PLAN TO STRENGTHEN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES IN SENATE
    4/14/2005 -
    US Fed News
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., issued the following press release:
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    Higher standards don't frighten school officials
    4/11/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    ALGONQUIN – By the time Brittany Lisa entered junior high, she already considered herself college-bound.
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    Schools rake in more than voters OK
    4/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Voters who authorized school tax increases have paid hundreds of dollars more each year than they were led to believe, a Daily Herald analysis shows.
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    New Lenox re-evaluates after vote
    4/7/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Tax plan rejected: Leaders now look to more fees
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    State to track every student
    4/5/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    New information system: Allows educators to easily record, access and share data
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    Report: Help kids in Illinois
    3/18/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    Nearly half a million: Of state's children at-risk, living in poverty, learning abilities are diminished
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    Challenged schools improve their academic performance
    3/17/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    One school instituted before- and after-school programs. Another upgraded its math program by eliminating lower-level math classes.
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    Single-gender classes are successful
    3/16/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    EAST ST. LOUIS - When the three middle schools in District 189 began having single-gender eighth-grade classes in math and science in September, it was a hard sell to both teachers and students.
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    Incentives lure students to state test
    3/12/2005 -

    Alton Telegraph
    ...The celebration marked the end of a week’s worth of student assemblies, motivational stories and nearly $2,000 in "incentives" doled out to East Alton Elementary District students to maximize their performance on the all-important Illinois Standards Achievement Test.
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    Editorial: Banking our destinies on a test score
    3/11/2005
    Beginning Saturday, the SAT--that formidable hurdle faced by millions of high school juniors every year--will contain a new writing component, and it has inspired a return to handwriting lessons. The 25-minute writing portion of the test will be handwritten, and it will have to be read by graders, not machines. Scores may well be influenced, or even determined, by legibility.
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    SAT-takers get ready to write
    3/9/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    PEORIA - Richwoods High School junior Bill Grinstead didn't seem too worried about writing an essay for his upcoming SAT test - that is, until he read a sample question.
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    Keyboard skills targeted as priorty by Decatur School District
    3/9/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - A task force dedicated to upgrading business classes in Decatur schools identified keyboard skills as a major need.
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    Melding the past, future of education
    3/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The educational landscape is in constant flux and schools must prepare to meet students' needs for today and the future, a consultant says.
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    New essay test adds to SAT exam anxieties
    3/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    It's only 25 minutes out of a nearly four-hour exam, but a new essay section in the retooled SAT that makes its debut Saturday has high school juniors about to push the panic button.
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    Big push for success on ISAT
    3/7/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Students in metro-east public schools may have a shortened school week following today's Casmir Pulaski holiday, but they're going to need it.
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    More students participating in dual-credit programs
    3/7/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    CARTERVILLE - To get a leg up on their collegiate careers, an increasing number of high school students in the region are taking advantage of dual-credit programs offered by their school and local community college.
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    McHenry school's scores soar
    3/4/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Students in Kelly Reitz's class shot up their hands to say what they would do if they ran the school – ban homework, have frequent parties, and dance all the time.
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    Bridging the gender gap
    3/1/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Remember the educational gender gap?
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    Panel says college preps should be more flexible
    3/1/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    A blue-ribbon committee Monday offered up some dramatic new ideas on how to admit kids to Chicago's elite college preps, including loosening the strict test standards for star athletes, the artistically talented or achievers who have overcome disadvantaged backgrounds.
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    City's selective schools urged to be more open
    3/1/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Public Schools should set aside up to 20 percent of slots at each of the city's eight selective-enrollment high schools for students with abilities not measured by standardized tests or grades, an outside panel has urged.
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    The gender gap in the classroom
    2/28/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Thirteen years after a national study raised concerns about girls' self-esteem in classrooms, the pendulum may be swinging in the other direction.
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    Schools put fun in ISAT test preparation: Students, parents get tips on how to get ready for the big day
    2/25/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests aren't as horrible as Tyler Koltveit sometimes imagines.
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    ACT test's pressures hang over students
    2/24/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Parvinder "Perry" Thiara is the model of self-determination. He nailed a 34 out of a possible 36 score the first time he took the ACT as a Rochelle High School junior in April 2003. That score placed him in the 99th national percentile and would've turned heads at most universities.
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    Lake Park students exceed standards, but school fails
    2/21/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Once again, Lake Park High School juniors outperformed state averages in every category on the Prairie State Achievement test. At least 63 percent of all students meet or exceed state standards.
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    High grade reading: Program gets students up to snuff in light of No Child Left Behind act
    2/18/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - By middle school, a student who is having trouble with reading could be at risk for dropping out.
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    Are high school students prepared for college and work?
    2/7/2005 -
    Achieve.org
    As Many as 40 Percent of American Public High School Graduates Are Unprepared For College and Work, According to the Graduates, Their Employers and College Professors
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    Letter to the Editor: Don't let new homes crowd out affordable housing
    2/3/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    New housing development has been occurring in record numbers in Chicago, creating great wealth and profit for some, but also increasing economic segregation in our metropolitan area.
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    Letter to the Editor: Test special ed students at reading level, not grade level
    2/2/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    As a team of teachers, we share the concerns regarding the federal mandate entitled "No Child Left Behind."
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    Federal law reveals lagging students, exposes school flaws
    1/31/2005 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Signed into law three years ago this month, No Child Left Behind federal legislation is finally starting to hit home, and it is a real wake-up call for wealthy suburbs.
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    Letter to the Editor: 'No Child Left Behind' punishing special ed students
    1/27/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    As a grandparent who has adopted her granddaughter, a special education student in District 150, I have some concerns about the "No Child Left Behind Act."
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    Belleville high schools plan summer academy
    1/27/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Belleville's two public high schools have received a $300,000 grant from the state to institute a summer reading and math academy for freshman students.
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    More Edwardsville High students to attend classes at N.O. Nelson site
    1/26/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    An estimated 350 Edwardsville High School students will attend classes at the N.O. Nelson Complex next year through a continuing venture with Lewis & Clark Community College.
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    More students pass Advanced Placement tests; gaps remain
    1/26/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    More students are passing Advanced Placement exams in every part of the country, as college-level work in high school becomes increasingly common — and competitive.
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    Editorial: Kids need an earlier start
    1/26/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    For months, advocates of early childhood education have been buzzing that Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to announce a bold initiative to vastly expand public schooling for preschoolers--provided he finds the funding for it.
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    Editorial: No Child Left Behind: Fix it first
    1/24/2005 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    ON MATTERS OF EDUCATION REFORM, President George W. Bush continues to be long on good ideas but short on money.
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    Editorial: Gifted program at Iles should not be expanded
    1/23/2005 -

    State Journal Register
    IT HAS BEEN GRATIFYING to see such an enthusiastic debate of late over education in the Springfield public schools.
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    Letter to the Editor: Students deserve arts center
    1/23/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    I recently was asked by reporter Michael Hirtzer for my reaction to Bremen High School District 228 not being able to go forward with its plans to build a Performing Arts Center because of a recent analysis of the district's finances.
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    Home-schoolers take top honors for robot
    1/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A team of home-schooled eighth-graders set the bar high at Saturday's FIRST LEGO League robotics state tournament.
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    Letter to the Editor: Determine worth of physical education
    1/23/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    On Jan. 12, a Daily Herald editorial urged that the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois General Assembly be cautious in relaxing standards for physical education.
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    Editorial: Healthy outlook for P.E. plan
    1/21/2005 -

    State Journal Register
    ONLY ONE state in the country mandates that students - kindergarten through 12th grade - attend some form of physical education class on a daily basis. That state is Illinois.
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    Round Lake High School curriculum gets more classes
    1/21/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Round Lake High School students will have 16 new course offerings to consider when they begin registering for next school year in February.
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    Lake Park juniors fare well on test
    1/21/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Once again, Lake Park High School juniors outperformed state averages in every category on the Prairie State Achievement test. At least 63 percent of all students meet or exceed state standards.
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    Opinion: In Chicago Public Schools, every student counts
    1/21/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Next fall, as many as 18 new public schools could open in Chicago, offering great new educational options to children in communities with underperforming schools.
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    Editorial: School should get on same page with teaching reading
    1/20/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. He never saw the Rockford School District in the bad old days.
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    Editorial: Students did their homework before proposing changes to graduation times
    1/20/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Sometimes, maybe oftentimes, it's a good idea to pay attention to young people.
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    AHS students take part in hoopla
    1/20/2005 -

    Alton Telegraph
    Don’t be surprised if you see a few familiar faces in the crowd as President Bush parades down Pennsylvania Avenue after he is sworn in today.
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    Schools seek ways to beef up basics
    1/19/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Rich Township School District 227 officials are examining ways to speed the ability of students in lower-level courses to master the basic skills necessary for college and careers.
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    Editorial: For kids' sake, work it out
    1/19/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The federal government has come down hard on Chicago Public Schools over the issue of after-school tutoring.
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    State superintendent: Fix No Child Left Behind
    1/18/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    The state's superintendent of schools says the Bush administration needs to fix its No Child Left Behind education law before expanding it, but he says Illinois' schools will still respond to the challenge.
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    Dunn says president needs to fix education program
    1/17/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    President George W. Bush has announced he will push his No Child Left Behind agenda into the high schools during his second term, but Illinois' interim State Superintendent Randy Dunn says officials should fix the program before they expand it.
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    Most Quincy schools make the grade on state report card
    1/17/2005 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    Report cards issued by the state show the Quincy School District is exceeding state averages on standardized tests, though some individual schools are lagging behind.
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    Letter to the Editor: Testing shows taxpayers not getting value from schools
    1/17/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    After reviewing the articles on "Grading Our Schools,"; I was very surprised at the level the Decatur schools have achieved.
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    No high school student left untested?
    1/17/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Future high school students: Sharpen your No. 2 pencils.
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    Tutoring program gets low grades
    1/17/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    At a time when thousands more Chicago Public Schools students could find themselves working with private tutoring companies to improve in the classroom, those tutors are facing their own troubles, a Chicago Sun-Times examination has found.
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    Improving curriculum or teaching the test?
    1/16/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    From the outside looking in, things seem pretty rosy in the largest high school district in Illinois.
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    Letter to the Editor: Beyond sports
    1/14/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    This is in response to "All kids deserve benefits offered by sports teams" (Voice of the people, Jan. 9).
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    Clamor for charter schools unaffected by low test scores
    1/13/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The city's 17 charter schools continue to be highly sought after by Chicago families, but an annual report finds many charters are battling low test scores, as well as student suspension rates higher than the Chicago Public Schools' average.
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    W. Aurora teachers suggest changes for kindergartners
    1/13/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Smaller kindergarten class sizes and a paraprofessional in every kindergarten room are what West Aurora School District 129 will consider after hearing a presentation from the kindergarten day committee at Wednesday's meeting.
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    Wheaton North to expand science labs
    1/13/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Students and teachers at Wheaton North High School will have a little more chemistry between them in the near future thanks to nearly $280,000 in changes to the construction plan for the school.
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    Editorial: Today's teenagers inspire confidence
    1/13/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    What's the matter with kids today?
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    Letter to the Editor: SD 117 lauds top-scoring students
    1/13/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    I would like to share some good news about students and achievement testing.
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    District board gets technology update
    1/12/2005 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    The District 7 administration presented an update of current technology, as well as an outline of future plans, to the Board of Education Monday.
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    Batavia scores look good, but writing is a concern
    1/12/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    While students in the Batavia school district excel in most subjects, their state test scores indicate they need some help in writing.
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    District 204 toughens math requirements
    1/12/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Next year's freshmen will have to meet stricter graduation requirements than their older siblings in Indian Prairie Unit District 204.
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    Bush outlines proposals for H.S. students
    1/12/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    President Bush is beginning his push to require high school seniors to take the math and reading tests now required of younger students under the No Child Left Behind law, the most ambitious item on the president's slate of second-term education proposals.
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    Letter to the Editor: Plenty of District 150 students making it
    1/11/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    I must respond to Donald W. Smith's Jan. 9 Forum letter in which he blames District 150 for his friends' and family's faults in life.
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    Letter to the Editor: Misconceptions
    1/11/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    In response to the Jan. 7 letter, "Only the brightest" by Cathy Peschke, I would like to clarify misconceptions that continue to be generated by such a faulty thought process.
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    Letter to the Editor: Students should learn power of cells
    1/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Development and growth of the human body and its cellular wisdom and the genius within has not been fully recognized, but now it is drawing attention with the surface of DNA knowledge.
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    Round Lake schools go from rags to recognition
    1/11/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    After two years on state probation for violations that included using non-certified teachers, Round Lake District 116 is off the list, and one of its schools is on a national recognition list.
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    The Expectiations Gap: A 50-State Review of High School Graduation Requirements
    1/10/2005 -
    Achieve.org
    Click here to read the report.
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    Buffalo Grove High School names students of the month
    1/10/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Buffalo Grove High School has selected Students of the Month for December.
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    Editorial: State needs to increase graduation requirements
    1/10/2005 -
    Students First Illinois
    The State Board of Education and the Illinois Board of Higher Education have been saying for years that Illinois should beef up its high school graduation requirements.
    Read more...

    Home life biggest key for schools
    1/9/2005 -
    Kankakee Daily Journal
    What's the biggest predictor of school achievement?
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    More area schools on watch lists
    1/9/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Consolidated High School District 230 dodged a bullet last year when it refused federal poverty funds tied to the No Child Left Behind law.
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    Parochial hopefuls take their best shot at admission tests
    1/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    That was no mass detention that sent several hundred children filing into Catholic secondary schools early Saturday morning.
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    Pupils find learning is right in palm of their hand
    1/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    They're not your typical 4th graders.
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    No parent left behind with guide
    1/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The National Center for Learning Disabilities and Schwab Learning have developed a handbook to help parents navigate--and coordinate--the federal No Child Left Behind and the Individuals With Disabilities Education acts.
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    Pundit paid to push education law
    1/8/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The Bush administration paid a prominent commentator to promote the No Child Left Behind schools law to fellow blacks and to give the education secretary media time, records show.
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    Editorial: State needs to increase graduation requirements
    1/7/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The State Board of Education and the Illinois Board of Higher Education have been saying for years that Illinois should beef up its high school graduation requirements.
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    Special ed scores fall below mark
    1/7/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Reading scores for Clinton third- and fifth-graders in special education have failed for a second time to meet government-mandated achievement levels, and officials argue the standard isn't fair.
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    U.S. schools behind in use of technology
    1/7/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Schools lag behind much of society in using technology, but students are seeing benefits and clamoring for more access to computers, the government says.
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    Letter to the Editor: Measuring school success
    1/7/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    As 2004 came to a close, I wanted to write a letter or two to the editors of the local newspapers regarding the mid-December lists of "failing schools."
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    Catholic kids have incentive to cram
    1/7/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Eighth-grader Michelle Provenzano is a B honor-roll student who does "average" on standardized tests.
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    Ivy Hall school wins attendance award
    1/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Ivy Hall Elementary School in Buffalo Grove-Long Grove District 96 made the Lake County Regional Office of Education's Top Ten Attendance List.
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    Schools finally get a passing grade
    1/6/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    After flunking four consecutive years, Illinois has finally earned a passing grade in school spending.
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    Some in GOP want initiatives rolled back
    1/6/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Some conservative Republicans in the House want to roll back much of the new Medicare drug benefit and the "No Child Left Behind" education law that President Bush made domestic hallmarks of his first term, a GOP lawmaker said Wednesday.
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    This science project a home-school success
    1/6/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Startled at how quickly the liquid in the beaker turned green and began to bubble and spew brown gas, home-schooled Kaylani Thorne saw why chemical reactions are best demonstrated in a laboratory.
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    DeLand-Weldon High earns honor
    1/5/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The small DeLand-Weldon school district achieved a big honor based upon the math and reading scores of the district's high school students.
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    Opinion: Shifting focus to high school curriculum
    1/4/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Much work remains to be done to bring schools across America to the point where all their students can reach the goals set forth in the No Child Left Behind education reform act of 2002.
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    Dist. 207 says gym now part of GPA
    1/4/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Physical education grades in Maine Township High School District 207 soon will pack a bigger punch than those in other local systems: For the first time, they'll actually count.
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    Letter to the Editor: Ensuring success
    1/4/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    While the jury is still out on whether laws like No Child Left Behind can save our failing schools and improve academic achievement among students, one thing is for certain: The involvement of parents in their children's education is a key to success.
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    Letter to the Editor: School vouchers
    1/4/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The three-year anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act is in January as well as the 50-year anniversary of Milton Friedman's seminal work, "The Role of Government in Education."
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    Better math, science education key for '05
    1/3/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    What's the most important tech matter for the New Year? "Math and science education," says Steve Mitchell, chairman of the Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science (TAMS).
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    Editorial: By cutting tests, state fails students
    1/1/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Social studies and writing have been scratched from the list of subjects required for testing by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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    Jersey School officials concerned over No Child Left Behind
    12/30/2004 -

    Alton Telegraph
    Jersey Community School District officials are working to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act, despite concerns that the law has been designed to fail and -- in the end -- will bring down the district and its students with it.
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    Letter to the Editor: Photos, headline put Dist. 95 in bad light
    12/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The students, staff, parents and community members of Community Unit School District 95 enjoy the regular news and photographs you carry about our schools and our wonderful students and staff. However, in the Dec. 15 edition of your newspaper, the front page and inside photos of our fine students accompany a story titled "Few bad scores hurt all, failing schools say."
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    Editorial: Bad mistake in testing academic skills
    12/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Next year in Illinois, the three R's will become two, at least in terms of testing.
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    Educator urges state to keep entrance exam
    12/27/2004 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    Interim State Superintendent of Schools Randy Dunn last Thursday recommended to the State Board of Education that the state retain a college entrance exam as part of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), the annual test required for high school juniors in Illinois.
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    Benchmarking 101
    12/27/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    While school leaders say they're trying to make their schools better, Community Consolidated School District 118 is plotting improvement like a professional runner plots a marathon victory.
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    'Be the First' kicks off in Harvard
    12/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Harvard Community Unit School District 50 is the second school district to participate in "Be the First," a countywide committee dedicated to building awareness throughout McHenry County about the importance of completing college.
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    Batavia schools officials examine test gaps in subgroups
    12/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Batavia school officials analyzed how Batavia students measure up against state standards imposed by No Child Left Behind legislation.
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    Reading to your kids teaches lessons that go beyond obvious
    12/26/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    When the middle child won a national writing contest that I never even knew he was entering until hours before the deadline, I had to chuckle.
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    Letter to the Editor: Celebrate schools' success
    12/26/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Having reviewed your online list of Chicago schools' ratings, I note that there are 130 Chicago elementary schools that have 50 percent or more of their third-grade students testing at or above state reading proficiency levels, along with having 50 percent or more of their students coming from low-income families.
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    Writing appears to be left behind
    12/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Take a good look at this year's school report cards, because they won't look the same next year.
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    Letter to the Editor: School libraries key
    12/23/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Research confirms that the most dependable predictor of high student achievement scores is a school library supported by a trained librarian.
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    Editorial: Reduced testing fails students
    12/22/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Social studies and writing have been scratched from the list of subjects required for testing by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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    Big picture in mind, Dist. 202 downplays No Child successes
    12/22/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Lisle Unit District 202 is taking a low-key approach to how it measured up recently to federal testing standards.
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    Graduation standards lag
    12/22/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Illinois has some of the lowest high school graduation standards in the country, a new national study shows, with students here required to take fewer years of math, English and science than peers elsewhere.
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    Editorial: A lesson for parents
    12/21/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    We talked to people at some of our local schools that are at the top of the achievement charts, and they cite people who aren't even regularly in the building: the parents of the students.
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    Alternative school in the works
    12/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    In an attempt to increase student achievement, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 wants to run its own alternative school for students with special needs and behavioral problems.
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    The 3 R's passe?
    12/21/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    During an open house at Hazelgreen School in Alsip this year, Principal Jerry Vrshek told parents he had some good news and some bad news.
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    Editorial: Thumbs up
    12/20/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    To students from Bartonville Grade School and their teacher, Denise Smith, who wrote letters to the Village Board about the condition of sidewalks around their school.
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    Reading program spells success
    12/20/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    A reading program now in its third year in District 150 primary schools is credited with helping all the schools make adequate yearly progress in 2003-04.
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    Officials have mixed feelings
    12/20/2004 -

    Macomb Journal
    Administrators in the schools around McDonough County have mixed feelings regarding the School Report Cards that reveal whether or not their students achieved the Adequate Yearly Progress that is part of No Child Left Behind Act.
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    Report cards receive low marks
    12/20/2004 -

    Macomb Journal
    While critics continue to blame the Bush administration for the lack of funding for the No Child Left Behind Act, Illinois school administrators are finding fault with the way the state interprets the NCLB legislation released last week in the School Report Cards.
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    Local Boys & Girls Club gives important gifts to youths
    12/20/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Last week, the newspaper printed the results of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test that is given annually to elementary and middle school students; and of the Prairie State Achievement Exam, which tests high school juniors in five subjects.
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    Letter to the Editor: Reading problems? It's time to consider phonics
    12/20/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Maybe American kids could read better if we knew exactly what was going on inside their heads when they struggle with the written word. Instead of our obsessing with test scores, federal intervention, school "reform" and how we compare with Finland.
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    College algebra challenges LaSalle Academy eighth-graders
    12/20/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Though only an eighth-grader, Caroline Baldwin already has had a taste of college -- as have most of her classmates at LaSalle Language Academy.
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    Report: Texas schools cheat on tests
    12/20/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Dozens of Texas schools appear to have cheated on the state's redesigned academic achievement test, casting doubt on whether the accountability system can reliably measure how schools are performing, a paper found.
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    Editorial: School chief right to take on No Child Left Behind
    12/19/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    The Bush administration points to its No Child Left Behind program with a great sense of accomplishment, but talk to those laboring in the education ranks and you might hear a different story.
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    Student scores concern D-200
    12/19/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Woodstock High School students tallied the school's lowest scores in four years on state exams, and the average number of students meeting or exceeding testing standards dropped almost 10 percent.
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    Editorial: Schools learn ropes so scores get better
    12/19/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Illinois public schools improved this year, and schools in the south suburbs improved even more than the rest of the state, according to the annual school report cards released last week.
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    Failing schools a windfall for private tutors
    12/19/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    By the end of this academic year, four districts in the Northwest and West suburbs will have paid more than $1.12 million for private tutors required by the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind.
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    Letter to the Editor: The dangers of privilege & college admission
    12/19/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    We spotlight this country's unacceptable illiteracy rates and capacity for pumping students out of our schools unable to read, write or recognize a periodic chart.
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    Parents use school scores to guide their home buying
    12/19/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The word of mouth that once guided home buyers to neighborhoods with good schools has given way to more scientific methods as savvy parents go armed with school test scores when they approach real estate brokers.
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    Montini announces its Illinois State Scholars
    12/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Montini Catholic High School announced Wednesday that 10 percent of the graduating class of 2005 has been named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
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    Dist. 204 juniors get shot at COD
    12/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Judging from a recent survey given to high school juniors in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, students are interested in taking classes next year at College of DuPage.
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    U.S. tutor initiative is itself left behind
    12/18/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    For James Green, Joliet Central High School's offer was an easy sell: free tutoring at a reputable center.
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    Editorial: Path to education progress has bright spots and bumps
    12/17/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    The annual state report cards, which track progress for public schools, contain something for everyone.
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    41 area schools on state list
    12/17/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    A day after 17 Rock River Valley schools learned they are in trouble with the federal government, the state released its own list of 41 area schools that must improve.
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    Bucking the trend: Southeast school makes dramatic improvement under No Child Left Behind guidelines
    12/17/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Southeast School could be the poster child for gritty determination.
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    Rotolo looks at help for low-scoring students
    12/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Rotolo Middle School might offer a subsidized breakfast for students, offer lunchtime study groups or form a homework club - all in hopes of helping students whose scores don't meet state standards.
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    District 45 leaders insist student needs being met
    12/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Contrary to state reports, Villa Park Elementary District 45 officials say they are meeting the needs of their students.
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    Letter to the Editor: State is unfairly blaming teachers
    12/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    In a front-page story and editorial, you correctly identified the fact that there is a huge unfunded liability in the teacher retirement system.
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    State academic watch list in big jump to 541 schools
    12/17/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    In the same week that they were touting academic gains, state education officials announced some sobering news Thursday.
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    Editorial: Tutoring resolution would make great gift for kids
    12/17/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Arne Duncan knew he was taking a risk. The Chicago Public Schools chief knew the No Child Left Behind law calls for children who need tutoring to get that help from outside agencies, not the local school board.
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    Dunn says No Child Left Behind unfairly labels some schools as failing
    12/16/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    Interim State School Superintendent Randy Dunn says federal No Child Left Behind standards unfairly brand some school districts as failing by setting arbitrary measurements for special education and foreign language-speaking students.
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    D-50 test results mixed
    12/16/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Raising test scores in reading, math and science will be top priorities for District 50 officials in the new year.
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    State schools superintendent says some district unfairly branded as failing
    12/16/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Interim State School Superintendent Randy Dunn says No Child Left Behind Act unfairly brands some school districts as failing by setting arbitrary measurements for special education and foreign-speaking students.
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    Getting into the act
    12/16/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    For Becky Younger, a longtime special education teacher at Meridian Intermediate School in Blue Mound, multi-tasking is the name of the game.
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    Ten C-U schools fall short
    12/16/2004 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    Illinois Standards Achievement Test scores at six Champaign schools and four Urbana schools failed to measure up to progress standards, say state testing officials.
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    Yearly progress lags at quarter of area schools
    12/16/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    More than a quarter of schools in the metro-east failed to meet state standards under the No Child Left Behind Act last school year, according to school report card data released by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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    YouthBuild aims to give students new direction
    12/16/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Before Darris Ivy began attending Tomorrow's Builders YouthBuild Charter School in East St. Louis, he was caught up in a life that had no direction or purpose.
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    Jersey School Board adopts new tax levy
    12/16/2004 -

    Alton Telegraph
    Jersey County taxpayers could see a slight increase on their tax bill next year after the Jersey Community School Board voted Wednesday to adopt its new tax levy for the 2004-2005 fiscal year.
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    State calling for No Child changes
    12/16/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    The federal government should change the way it tests special education and bilingual students, said interim state superintendent of schools Randy Dunn on Wednesday, as standardized test results for local schools were made public.
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    Successfull report cards no surprise to district
    12/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A successful grade on all Buffalo Grove-Long Grove Elementary District 96 school report cards is business as usual, according to district officials.
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    St. Viator announces its state scholars
    12/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    St. Viator High School is pleased to announce that 42 of its 241 seniors were named Illinois State Scholars for the 2004-2005 school year.
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    School, students can relate - both are at-risk
    12/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    For many area schools, succeeding under the watchful eye of the federal No Child Left Behind Act means focusing time and resources on a small percentage of students.
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    Don't necessarily panic about No Child Left Behind failures
    12/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Looking at the ratings from President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, we Illinoisans are left scratching our heads. Could it be that - to use the once-mangled verbiage of our president - our children is not learning?
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    School official: Law unfair to some students
    12/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Disabled students and those just learning English shouldn't be held to the same standards as their classmates or be the lone cause for a school to be labeled "failing," Illinois' top education official and a special education advocacy group said Wednesday.
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    Schools find fault in yardstick
    12/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Principals at the elementary schools in Wheeling Township Elementary School District 21 identified as failing by standards of the No Child Left Behind Act say the final numbers don't give an accurate portrayal of their schools.
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    How did your school do?
    12/16/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    Use the information from the Illinois State Board of Education to see if you local school has been placed on the Academic Watch List.
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    Schools' mistakes alter state data
    12/16/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    State education officials last month touted this year's report card data as error-free.
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    Test scores don't count the neediest
    12/16/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    As the name suggests, the No Child Left Behind school reforms were intended to reach past the mainstream and lift up the disadvantaged, the disabled and children who might otherwise be forgotten.
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    Metro East schools are among those falling short
    12/15/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Many of the Metro East area's most highly regarded public schools show up on a list released today of schools that fell short of performance targets on state tests.
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    Many Illinois schools flunk standards
    12/15/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Many of the Metro East area's most highly regarded public schools show up on a list released today of schools that fell short of performance targets on state tests.
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    Passing grades: More state schools meet education standards
    12/15/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    The number of Illinois schools meeting state standards this year has gone up, while the total number of schools not making adequate yearly progress has declined, according to results on the 2003-04 report cards released by the state board of education.
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    Schools make reading, writing top priorities
    12/15/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Jackson Elementary, Rockford's oldest operating school at 101 years, is among four in Rockford that are extending the school day 30 minutes to work in more reading and writing for students.
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    Most schools pass state tests
    12/15/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    More than two-thirds of 145 Rock River Valley schools improved enough on state reading and math tests last spring to escape the watchful eye of the state or federal government, according to an analysis of state-issued report cards released today.
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    More Illinois schools meet federal guidelines
    12/15/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    The number of Illinois schools failing to meet federal achievement guidelines dropped by 150 last year, but nearly 30 percent of public schools still fell short, according to state data released today.
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    Batavia schools exceed test standards, but officials want to reach all students
    12/15/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    Although all grade levels exceed state standards in all test subjects, Batavia school administrators want to know why gaps appear between demographic groups.
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    Geneva scores show high achievers
    12/15/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    Geneva schools' report cards show high-achieving students and room for improvement, officials said.
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    STC hopes English program will boost test scores
    12/15/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    School officials hope a new high school English curriculum will reverse a trend in which test scores have declined the last four years.
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    Writing scores propel Wasco to new heights
    12/15/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    For the staff at Wasco Elementary School, to have 40 percent of students meet or exceed standards in writing was not challenging enough in 2004.
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    Kane County schools make the grade
    12/15/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    Kane County students are keeping pace.
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    Area schools left behind
    12/15/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Twenty-one area schools did not meet state testing standards last school year, and nine districts are considered failing because of low scores in small groups of disabled, Hispanic and low-income kids.
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    Report card data shows improvement in Illinois schools
    12/15/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Illinois schools are showing signs of improvement, according to the state school report card data released by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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    District 118 fares well in state school tests
    12/15/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    With the loss of three of its most experienced teachers, leaders at Franklin Elementary in Belleville predicted the school's test scores would be affected.
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    South suburban schools improve
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    The number of south suburban schools that met standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act increased this year, a trend repeated throughout the state, according to school-level 2004 standardized test score data released today by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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    Demanding standard unfair, educators say
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Rolling Meadows High School served doughnuts in the morning, urged a good sleep the night before and offered one teenager normally tutored at home a cab ride to school - all part of a meticulous effort to get students to class on the big standardized testing day.
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    No Child Left Behind pits fail against fair
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Administrators at Bensenville's Fenton High School did just as required by the federal government this year: They offered all students the choice to attend a better-performing school.
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    Fox Valley schools get mixed reviews
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Grades were mixed for Fox Valley schools on this year's report cards, with some schools posting academic gains even as their districts failed to meet state learning targets.
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    Fox Valley schools say scores of few hurt many
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Fox Valley educators may want to ask their students for help on the next set of state standardized tests.
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    For schools labeled failing, goals are key
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Numbers don't lie.
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    Despite best efforts, schools fail state test
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    In Gurnee, students who speak limited English are in a program that encourages them to read more.
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    Most Dist. 204 schools make progress, but look to improve
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Most of Indian Prairie Unit District 204's elementary and middle schools received passing scores on state standardized tests last spring, according to state report cards issued this week.
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    Tardy test results leave schools scrambling to help students
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    For now, at least, there's little time for long-range planning.
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    Schools don't settle for failing scores
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Many local schools are now working on plans to improve test scores after school report cards released Wednesday showed many in danger of having to adhere to federal sanctions, including offering students a choice of what school they attend.
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    Rules change helps school pass
    12/15/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Last year at Otis Elementary, a public school in Chicago's West Town neighborhood, only 16 percent of the bilingual pupils passed state reading exams.
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    School tries improving step at time
    12/15/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Principal Charlotte Stoxstell knows time is running out for Bethune Elementary, a North Lawndale school that for the last decade has failed to improve its dreadful reputation and dismal test scores.
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    Deciphering the results
    12/15/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The Illinois school report card was designed to give parents and taxpayers some basic, useful information about their schools.
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    New rules help raise test scores
    12/15/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The number of Illinois schools meeting standards rose this year, but not necessarily because students performed better, according to statewide test data being released Wednesday.
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    More schools meeting high standards of 'No Child'
    12/15/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    With more accurate data this year,133 additional schools in Illinois were able to measure up under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
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    Test scores soar higher after arts push
    12/15/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    At one point last year, Edgebrook Principal Diane Maciejewski thought a new arts push might cause Edgebrook's test scores to tumble.
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    City boasts 'big-time' results
    12/15/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago's Edgebrook School and Community Consolidated District 181, headquartered in Hinsdale, were standouts in this year's Chicago Sun-Times analysis of 2004 state test scores.
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    Schools soar to new heights
    12/15/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Years back, many parents ran from Chicago's neighborhood schools.
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    School report cards to be released
    12/14/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    It's report card time for schools in Illinois.
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    Letter to the Editor: Inclusive classrooms benefit disabled kids, their peers
    12/14/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    As parents of children with disabilities, we disagree with the suggestion in your Dec. 6 editorial that inclusion of students with disabilities in regular classrooms in their neighborhood schools is an educational "fad."
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    Editorial: Don't let rules hamper learning
    12/14/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    But practically speaking, this decision could cause more harm than good for the students involved.
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    District 26 mainly pleased with report card from state
    12/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Cary Elementary District 26 has reason to smile and slightly frown at the latest set of Illinois District Report Card results, released at Monday night's board meeting.
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    Naperville schools fall short of meeting state standards
    12/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 must focus on helping minority students meet state standards, Superintendent Howard Crouse said Monday.
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    Dist. 13 schools make state recognition list
    12/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Results are in at Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 and officials are excited with their most recent Illinois School Report Card scores in the district's schools.
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    Final exams aren't so final in Dist. 203
    12/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Naperville Central and Naperville North students have pushed for years to take final exams and complete their first semester before winter break.
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    Editorial: Boost results for 'limited English' pupils
    12/12/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Officials in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 say students who speak little English as well as those in special education will be the focus of classroom reform in an effort to increase learning for teenagers posting the lowest scores on standardized tests.
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    Editorial: Give these students an 'A'
    12/11/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Sometimes the most important lessons learned in school do not come from books. Sometimes those lessons come from the heart.
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    Dist. 214 vows to close gap in test scores
    12/10/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Special education students and those who speak little English will be the focus of classroom reform in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 this year, officials say, in an effort to beef up learning for teens posting the lowest scores on standardized examinations.
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    Six Dist. 21 schools don't make grade
    12/10/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The waiting game for school report cards from the Illinois State Board of Education is over in Wheeling Township Elementary School District 21.
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    Editorial: No Child Left Behind leaves behind logic
    12/10/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Another year, another new batch of evidence that the well-intentioned No Child Left Behind law is a mess in actual practice.
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    Dist. 25 officials see positive snapshot of schools
    12/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 schools fared well on the newly released 2004 state report cards.
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    West Aurora schools show improvement
    12/8/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    Test scores in the West Aurora school district continue to improve.
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    Put to the test, unearned passes don't help kids
    12/8/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Of all of the controversial education policies in Chicago, perhaps none causes more heated debate than the requirement that students in third, sixth, and eighth grades must pass a standardized test to advance to the next grade.
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    Editorial: Writing is fundamental
    12/8/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    R U astonished at how purly pple right e mails!
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    Letter to the Editor: Jobs & education
    12/7/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    With so much criticism being aimed at technical firms for outsourcing jobs, it would be well for our educators to listen to the firms accused as to the reasons.
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    Meramec Valley officials pleased with performance report
    12/7/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Pleased with the results of the district's annual performance report, Meramec Valley R-3 officials now are working to make even more improvement next year.
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    Test scores show younger students improving
    12/7/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    For years, the Springfield School District has been trying to improve the reading and math skills of its youngest students.
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    Cahokia, ESL high schools report low test scores
    12/7/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Sharing similar social and economic characteristics, both Cahokia High and East St. Louis Senior High continue to struggle with low test scores, according to 2004 school report data released by the school districts.
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    U-46 scores trail averages
    12/7/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Elgin Area School District U-46 scores inched upward on state assessment exams taken last spring, but the district still may remain in academic hot water.
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    The kids are all right
    12/7/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Squeaky clean, polite and hardworking, these brainy kids boast more National Merit Scholarship honors than they do detentions.
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    Teachers urged to challenge
    12/7/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Constructive criticism creates change.
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    U.S. lags industrial world in math
    12/7/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Fifteen-year-olds in the United States don't have the math skills to match up to peers in many other industrialized nations, test scores released Monday show.
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    Making the grade
    12/6/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    The new federal requirement that Head Start programs test 4-year-old children for kindergarten readiness received plenty of criticism from area educators last spring as confusing and a waste of time and resources.
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    Transfer no solution to low test scores
    12/6/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Problem: Well over half of a third-grade class fails to meet minimum standards on a normed test.
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    Ridgeview students continue to keep high test scores
    12/6/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    A good curriculum and community support are credited with continued high test scores among students at Ridgeview elementary and junior/senior high schools, and school officials want to share the news with the public.
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    DCFS turns its attention to education
    12/3/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Faced with new evidence that state wards perform poorly in school, child welfare officials said Thursday they intend to reallocate $7 million once intended to keep youths out of the system to helping them thrive academically once they are in it.
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    Fremd student aces his ACT; gets medallion for perfect score
    12/1/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    For the second year in a row, a student from William Fremd High School in Palatine reached perfection, according to the American College Testing program.
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    Accelerated education? Their pedal's to the metal
    11/29/2004 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    LeAnne Eggenberger wanted to graduate on schedule. But her parents made that a little difficult.
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    Ecology students win state 'green' award
    11/29/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    A message of saving the environment has become a rewarding experience for students at Pontiac Township High School.
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    Dist. 211 honors 3 writers
    11/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Board of Education took time recently to honor some students who were recently selected as being some of the top writers in the country.
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    Restoring faith in school report cards
    11/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Last year, a lot of bad report cards went out.
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    Experimental school gets more experimental
    11/26/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The National Teachers Academy, a glassy, modern edifice flanked by two notorious public housing complexes, opened in 2002 as Chicago's most expensive public elementary school, a $47 million monument to education reform in the inner city.
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    Junior Achievers focus on values
    11/25/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    On a Friday morning, high school students in an Area Vocational Center classroom discussed a hypothetical school alumni award.
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    Letter to the Editor: All students deserve chance to excel, not just athletes
    11/24/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    I feel I must remind members of our community that athletes are not the only students who deserve to feel this great pride in their accomplishments.
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    Plan: Boost class time, raise junior high scores
    11/23/2004
    A committee of teachers, parents and administrators on Monday outlined a $1.8 million proposal to increase instructional time in junior high classes.
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    Schools raise bar on course standards
    11/20/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Moments after the bell rang in Lawrence Buhay's algebra class at Maine East High School, he threw out a problem bristling with x's, y's and exponents to his 18 students, most of them freshmen needing extra help with math.
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    Letter to the Editor: Wrong solution to enrollment crunch
    11/19/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I am concerned about the possibility of a magnet school, geared to offering accelerated or college-level courses, as a solution to the enrollment issues in Naperville School District 204.
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    Report cards on schools are in the mail
    11/19/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Local educators should find out this week how their schools did on state standardized tests - and whether their students are meeting stricter federal standards.
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    Hoffman High to start late two days a month
    11/19/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Officials at Hoffman Estates High School are hoping extra staff development time will result in an increase in student achievement.
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    School reports due out Dec. 15
    11/18/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Parents wondering how their child's school stacks up can find out Dec. 15, when state Report Cards finally are released to the public.
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    Naperville on the curriculum
    11/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Naperville students are adept at studying cultures around the globe.
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    Editorial: Another expulsion flap in Sauk Village district
    11/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Sauk Village school leaders seem to spend an awful lot of time looking for ways not to educate the youngsters who are trying to go to school there.
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    District 204 to offer some college courses for seniors
    11/12/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Is there a cure for "senioritis?"
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    Schools pass, but law fails districts
    11/12/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    By most measures, Franklin Park School District 84 in west suburban Cook County is a success.
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    Some ups, downs in Kaneland test scores
    11/11/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Kaneland's 2004 standarized test scores were a mixed bag. Some went up, some went down, but almost all of them were significantly above the state average, Kaneland officials said.
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    Letter to the Editor: Applause for Bremen District 228
    11/10/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the teachers, students and administrators of Bremen Community High School District 228 on the results of the 2004 Prairie State Achievement Exams.
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    Groups push for teacher diversity
    11/9/2004 -

    CNN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A glaring lack of racial and cultural diversity among teachers is hurting the chances of success for minority students, a coalition of school groups contended Tuesday.
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    Finding fitness, educational links
    11/9/2004 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    Heads covered with what looks like a bizarre cross between a bicycle helmet and a swimming cap festooned with wires, the kids watch a series of cats and dogs flash on a computer screen in front of them.
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    District 204 pursues program to offer college credit
    11/9/2004
    High school students in Indian Prairie School District 204 may soon have more options for receiving college credit.
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    New English program proposed in St. Charles
    11/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Freshmen entering St. Charles East and North high schools next fall would study speech and learn other language arts concepts right away under a proposal presented to the school board Monday.
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    Students want to stay after school
    11/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Most students aren't excited about staying after school, but students in the Flying Falcons program at Frost Elementary School in Mount Prospect actually look forward to it.
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    Early Dist. 300 test scores a mixed bag
    11/5/2004
    Poring over preliminary state testing data, Community Unit School District 300 officials noted steady performance gains among elementary and middle school students but expressed alarm over results from high-schoolers.
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    Dist. 207 may make gym grades count
    11/2/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    For years, an A has meant the same thing as a C in Maine Township High School District 207 physical education classes.
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    Letter to the Editor: Teens invaluable at polls
    11/2/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Recent news reports have stated that there is a nationwide shortage of half a million poll workers for this election.
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    High school personalized
    10/29/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The students are gathered on the floor in a circle. These sophomores at Olympia High School have decided to donate gifts to those in need this holiday season.
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    Learning to love science
    10/28/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Hands-on fair helps students delve into the world of rockets, dinosaurs and more.
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    District 200 looking to raise scores more
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Preliminary state test results showing modest improvement but lingering problems in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 have administrators looking to get better.
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    Indian Prairie gets primer on testing
    10/26/2004 -
    The Herald News
    Standard exams: 200 parents of students get explainer course
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    District 220 students ace achievement tests
    10/26/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    School board members in Barrington Area Unit District 220 reviewed results of state tests Monday, which showed students district-wide are scoring better than their peers across the state.
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    Competition begins for scholarship
    10/25/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The Pantagraph's 21st annual Student of the Year college scholarship competition begins Nov. 1 and will incorporate schools throughout the newspaper's circulation area.
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    New Antioch honors policy
    10/25/2004
    District 117: Board to accept panel's recommendations.
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    Quite a treat
    10/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Halloween will mean more than just getting candy for many local kids this year. Especially for David Van Alstyne, a fourth-grade student at Cotton Creek Elementary School in Island Lake, who spearheaded a fund-raising drive, "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" at his school.
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    What U-46 split could mean for diversity, test scores
    10/24/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    As a possible split from the state's second-largest school district nears a vote in three towns, talk of tax rates and test scores punctuate the debate.
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    District 204 tries new way to tackle classroom problems
    10/21/2004 -

    Sun Publications
    Teachers at Hill Middle School are stepping outside the traditional box of how they tackle student problems.
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    Beaming up to future
    10/21/2004 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Kids go wireless: They transmit work to teachers, get response
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    Failing teacher will fail as tutor, says Education Dept.
    10/21/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    A new tutoring program for 37,000 students by Chicago public school teachers should never have started because it will likely have teachers in failing schools tutoring kids, a federal official said.
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    Kids learn best defense
    10/20/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    As children moved their arms toward the ceiling during a morning stretch, they shouted answers to a question posed by their group leader.
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    Parsons School MODEL program pairs mentors, students
    10/20/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Chandler Jones loves the "Henry and Mudge" books.
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    School gets lesson from garbage
    10/19/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Fifth-grade students at Fullerton Elementary School knew garbage smelled bad. They just didn't know how bad until they rifled through it.
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    63,000 enlist in tutoring program
    10/19/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    City's numbers way up, but most kids still left out More than 63,000 Chicago children will be tutored at 343 city schools this fall--a dramatic improvement after last year's dismal start to federally mandated after-school instruction in failing schools.
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    School tutoring enrollment way up
    10/19/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    About 63,000 Chicago public school students have registered for free tutoring under the No Child Left Behind law -- more than four times the number who signed up at this time last year, CPS officials said Monday.
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    Making the grade
    10/18/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    Feitshans-Edison evaluates progress since private takeover
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    Group to help STC special ed parents
    10/17/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    Parents of special needs children also face special challenges.
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    Hold failing student back or not?
    10/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The boy's final eighth-grade report card was far from stellar.
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    Proposals designed to improve reading, math
    10/14/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    The Quincy School Board's Curriculum Committee discussed a pair of possible programs designed to increase student achievement in reading and math and to increase area business involvement in the schools.
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    Dist. 102 must keep eye on scores in a couple of areas
    10/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102 meets or exceeds state achievement standards, test results show.
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    Board expels 14 from schools
    10/13/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    The superintendent is 'appalled' at some students' behavior The Rockford School Board expelled 14 students and upheld the suspensions of five others at Tuesday night's board meeting.
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    Letter to the Editor: Follow private school model
    10/13/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    I recently read about Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's grand new education plan called Renaissance 2010.
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    Ahead of the curve
    10/13/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Every third-grader at Sieden Prairie met or exceeded state standards in math If federal law requires all students to meet state standards by the year 2014, and third-graders at Sieden Prairie Elementary School in Matteson met those standards on the 2004 exams, how many years ahead of schedule are they?
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    Nine area students named National Merit semifinalists
    10/12/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Two others in the running for a National Achievement Scholarship Some hail from Rockford. One is home-schooled. A few attend private schools. All 11 high school students have something in common: They're top of the heap in academics.
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    Finishing school may be worth more than taking GED test
    10/12/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    If you are in high school, absolutely hate it and are thinking about dropping out to take the GED, take the easy way out.
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    EHS senior will vie for award
    10/9/2004 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    Edwardsville High School Senior Devory Newsome is among more than 1,600 scholastically talented Black American high school seniors who have been named semifinalists in the 41st Annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
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    Seven at EHS receive commendations
    10/8/2004 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    The students join more than two-thirds or about 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT who received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise, but they will not continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards.
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    District to hire more teachers to boost scores
    10/7/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Crete-Monee District 201U school officials have kicked off a three-step plan they hope will help more students meet or exceed state standardized testing levels.
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    Rural Schools in Need Of Guidance, GAO Says
    10/7/2004 -

    Education Week
    The Department of Education should do more to assist small, rural school districts as they struggle to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, a federal report released last week says.
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    Paige: It’s Not Too Early to Call School Law a Success
    10/7/2004 -

    Education Week
    Washington Secretary of Education Rod Paige is declaring the No Child Left Behind Act a success, arguing that there is ample evidence the law is improving student achievement. But linking test scores directly to federal policy is a risky business, and some say the Bush administration is getting way ahead of itself.
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    Wider Gap Found Between Wealthy and Poor Schools
    10/6/2004 -

    New York Times
    After narrowing in better economic times, the financial gap between poor and wealthy school districts has widened, a new report has found.
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    D-300 may level graduation requirements
    10/6/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 300 might establish standardized high school graduation requirements in time for next year's freshman class.
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    Laugh at the best of The Second City at PTO fund-raiser
    10/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Over the past 45 years, The Second City comedy theater has produced some of the top comedians of their generation, including Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short, George Wendt and Chris Farley.
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    Commentary: Must reading
    10/5/2004 -
    Achieve.org
    You know the Amazon.com feature that suggests a book is better if read in conjunction with another? That came to mind as we read the third annual report card on higher education, Measuring Up 2004, published recently by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
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    Governor French Academy students get published in poetry magazine
    10/4/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    National Poetry Day on Thursday provides a great opportunity to recognize the 13 students from Governor French Academy in Belleville who were honored by the publication of their class poems in the spring edition of Celebrating Poetry.
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    Classes score 100%
    10/1/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    A Rockford teacher and her Creston counterparts credit motivation, cooperation, parental involvement and curriculum for their students' success
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    Group has students lining up to sign up for public library cards
    9/30/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Freshman April Hamilton and several of her East St. Louis Senior High School classmates worked Wednesday to encourage students to sign up for public library cards.
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    School chief sees trouble in federal law
    9/29/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Illinois' new state education chief says the federal No Child Left Behind law pushes schools in the short term, but the goal of having all students perform at grade level by 2014 may produce an "absurd" outcome that will render the law meaningless.
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    9/28/2004
    How are Illinois students measuring up in math and reading?
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    School reports may be delayed
    9/28/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    State's interim superintendent cites flaws in data Illinois' annual "school report cards" could be issued late this year because of flaws in the data submitted by public schools, interim state school superintendent Randy Dunn said Monday.
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    School reports flawed again
    9/28/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Schools looking for inaccuracies State school officials said Monday that more than half of the state's school report cards contain errors, so -- once again -- parents will have to wait until well into the school year to find out how their kids' schools are performing.
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    Editorial: Class rank is poor way to measure students
    9/27/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    It's hard to imagine a more useless statistic in deciding college enrollment than class rank.
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    We, the jury: Minor infractions are handled with a unique kind of peer pressure
    9/27/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Responding to an artistic student who had stolen candy from a teacher's desk, teenage jurors talked about having him create a poster campaign against stealing.
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    Parents to decide if their child is on honor roll
    9/23/2004 -

    Marion Daily Republican
    The Marion Unit 2 school district will continue to publish an honor roll in the newspaper, but parents will have the final say as to whether or not their child's name appears on that list.
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    School 'sweeping' away tardiness
    9/23/2004 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    Carole Hutchings didn't like it when her sons got "swept" at Rantoul Township High School.
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    Reading program under review
    9/22/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Prairie Central Superintendent John Capasso and his team are "ready to fire a torpedo in the boiler section" of a problem affecting their rating in the federal No Child Left Behind program.
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    Washington named Blue Ribbon School
    9/19/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    Quincy's Washington School has been named a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School for student achievement in 2004.
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    Antioch won't link honors to state test
    9/17/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    School board rescinds new policy The Antioch Community High School District 117 board voted unanimously Thursday night to rescind a policy that linked success on standardized tests with honors status.
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    District 7 studies state test results
    9/16/2004 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    Scores show continued improvement District 7 presented the results of the 2004 Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) to the Board of Education Monday.
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    State gets high marks for college, but not costs
    9/15/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    A report card on the state of higher education nationwide gave Illinois generally high marks but warned that the affordability of college here had slipped.
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    Test scores mostly good news for Decatur schools
    9/15/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Much of the news about test scores in Decatur is good.
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    District 202 to keep 'No Child' funds
    9/15/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Rather than forfeit $130,000 and ignore a controversial federal education reform law, Evanston Township High School District 202's superintendent plans to use the money for a new program aimed at the lowest-performing freshmen.
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    Fewer students flunk as school policy is eased
    9/11/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Nearly 8,000 Chicago public school students must repeat a grade this year, about 3,000 fewer than last year thanks to a change in policy that banned back-to-back retentions.
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    Belleville West High sizes up uniform policy
    9/9/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The clothing of the hundreds of students eating lunch at Belleville West High School on Wednesday was as varied as the students: Some were clad in black, others wore jeans and T-shirts, some sported tiny skirts and sleeveless shirts or sports jerseys and baggy pants.
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    New science curriculum gets positive review
    9/9/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    The Quincy School Board's Curriculum Committee reviewed a new science curriculum that it would like to expand throughout the district.
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    Teachers stay true to their middle schools
    9/8/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Concept seeks to coordinate studies through the team concept This year, Decatur's middle schools will fully implement the "true middle school" concept, though they've been using some pieces of it for a couple of years.
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    Springfield School District fails to meet state standards
    9/7/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    During the 2002-03 school year, the Springfield School District was one of 454 districts in Illinois that did not meet state standards aligned with the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to a report recently released by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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    Kane school officials pleased with ACT scores
    9/7/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    Most central Kane County school officials are pleased with their 2004 ACT scores even though average scores in some districts dropped from 2003.
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    LTE: These schools are part of 'the dream'
    9/7/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    During last spring's graduation season, I was honored to give commencement addresses at several area schools. The ceremonies held at five of the schools — John Hancock High School, Sullivan House Alternative High School, William Jones College Preparatory High School, Pace Alternative High School and Joyce Kilmer Elementary School — left a lasting impression on me.
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    Little man on campus
    9/5/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    He's 11 years old. He's pint-sized. He's ponytailed. He's an intellectual powerhouse.
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    State sees increase in AP testing levels
    9/2/2004 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    A statewide report released by the Illinois State Board of Education Tuesday shows a record number of Illinois high school students took the 2004 Advanced Placement (AP) tests and the state saw marked improvement in their scores.
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    Antioch students testy over honors; State exam now a deciding factor
    9/2/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Despite earning a 3.7 grade-point average while taking a host of advanced classes, Antioch Community High School senior Megan Tkacy won't qualify as an honors student when she graduates.
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    Editorial: Dress codes contribute to productive school environments
    9/1/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    With classes now back in full swing, school administrators, teachers, parents and students are struggling with an age-old back-to-school problem -- dress codes.
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    Dist. 59 receive preview of test scores
    9/1/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 officials have received preliminary test scores for a district report card to be released in November.
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    School vows to improve test scores
    9/1/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    A parent-teacher meeting that started with a discussion of transfer options at a Highwood school that failed to meet federal testing standards ended with a pledge to improve the school's performance.
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    SAT scores for Latinos in state drop
    9/1/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    In a disturbing and somewhat mysterious result, the verbal and math scores of Illinois' Hispanic students dropped significantly after increasing the previous year.
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    Illinois SAT scores far exceed national average
    9/1/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Average SAT scores are on the rise in Illinois and continue to surpass national averages, data released Tuesday by the College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education show.
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    Enrollment in AP Classes sets record in Illinois
    9/1/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The number of students taking Advanced Placement classes hit a record high in Illinois in 2004 as schools increasingly push students to try the college level courses.
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    8/31/2004 -
    More take AP test – even more eligible
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    Illinois college-bound seniors increase scores on SAT
    8/31/2004
    More take AP test – even more eligible
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    EDITORIAL: Emphasis on writing in SAT is a good thing
    8/31/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review

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    Referendum group to meet
    8/30/2004 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    Lake Villa district: Seeking support for new school
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    EDITORIAL: ACT scores show quality education
    8/27/2004 -

    Naperville Sun
    High school ACT scores all over Illinois took a hit a few years ago when the state required that every high school student take the test.
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    State sees increase in ACT scores
    8/24/2004 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    The Illinois average ACT score rose for the second straight year in 2004. Illinois' graduating seniors in 2004 earned an average composite score of 20.3 on the ACT, up from 20.2 last year and 20.1 in 2001.
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    Clinton troubled by school law; Special education triggers concerns with federal law
    8/24/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    CLINTON -- Clinton school officials are concerned about some components of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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    EDITORIAL: School brings hopes, trials
    8/23/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    More than 50,000 local students are beginning to return to school - and all the hope and challenge it offers.
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    EDITORIAL: 'No Child Left Behind' standards unreasonable
    8/22/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    America's Education Secretary Rod Paige said a very curious thing the other day in defending charter schools, which recently have been shown to lag behind their public-school counterparts in reading and math scores.
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    EDITORIAL: Top schools to face 'Left Behind' penalties
    8/20/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    The number of Illinois public schools facing sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind law grew to nearly 700 in a preliminary report released this week by state education officials.
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    EDITORIAL: A low grade for No Child Left Behind
    8/20/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Something is seriously out of whack in the system for evaluating performance when such high-quality institutions as Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Highland Park and Hinsdale South high schools are warned that they might have to offer students transfers to other schools because the quality of their education just isn't good enough.
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    Schools get failing grade
    8/19/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    PEORIA - Nine schools in District 150, along with East Peoria Community High School and Pekin Community High School, that apparently failed to make adequate yearly progress on academic tests last spring will have to offer students opportunities to transfer to other schools and to receive extra tutoring in some instances.
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    'No Child' penalties for 88 schools in Southland
    8/19/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    State releases preliminary list of schools that will face sanctions
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    EDITORIAL: A note home to parents
    8/19/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Tens of thousands of Illinois parents are about to receive letters in the mail that will cause alarm, confusion and heartburn.
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    SAT results show more improvement needed
    8/19/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    The latest Illinois Standards Achievement Test results show that elementary and middle school students have made progress in some academic areas, but more improvement is needed, State School Superintendent Robert Schiller told the Illinois State Board of Education.
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    ACT scores in city jump, but they're still too low
    8/18/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The average ACT score rose in Illinois for the second year in a row, with Chicago scores climbing at double the state's rate, new data showed Tuesday.
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    Shape up this year, or else, state tells 22 Chicago schools
    8/18/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Some 23 schools, -- 22 of them in Chicago -- must dramatically improve test scores this year or face a state takeover, a reopening as a charter school or a wholesale firing of staff, the state Board of Education said Tuesday.
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    Why neglect the second `R'?
    8/13/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    During my student days in the 1940s and '50s, I was never required to write anything more than an occasional book report.
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    Community has role in education
    8/12/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    Quincy schools, social services, government agencies and families need to come together to benefit students and eliminate the academic achievement gap between minority and white students.
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    Principal: Program helps 51 students advance
    8/11/2004 -

    Galesburg Register-Mail
    GALESBURG - For 51 students, summer school has made the difference between being held back and being promoted to the next grade level.
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    School test scores generally better, but minorities, poor still lag
    7/30/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Board of Education released preliminary state testing results Thursday. The numbers revealed a slight increase in student performance for the 2004 school year.
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