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    Hot Topics > 2005 School Report Cards

    This year's school report cards held a mixed bag of results. How did your school do? Stay tuned to Students First for all of the latest media coverage.

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    Letter to the Editor: Orland Park Failure notice for Illinois
    12/2/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    There was quite a lot of attention (a few weeks ago) on school report cards, which is understandable: If we want our community to be a desirable place to live and do business, we need quality schools.
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    Editorial: Tests scores show imbalances in school districts
    11/27/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    At Dunlap Grade School, every third-grader met or exceeded state standards in math and reading last year. That puts those kids and their teachers in very rare air.
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    Mixed news for schools on state list
    11/27/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    CHAMPAIGN – State schools, including several in Champaign and Urbana, are losing ground in efforts to comply with federal No Child Left Behind requirements.
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    Help from the experts
    11/20/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Administrators from four high-performing districts in the area offer up hints for academic success in the following lists. Suggestions were compiled and synthesized from the following districts: Dunlap District 323, Germantown Hills District 69, Rankin District 98 and Tremont District 702.
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    Editorial: Test scores in; use with care
    11/16/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Test scores are one way to measure schools.

    And schools are required by law to administer standardized tests to track the progress of their schools and individual students.

    In the nearly 90 schools in McHenry and northeast Kane counties, schoolwide test scores for the most part have improved over last year.
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    Editorial: Beleaguered district gets welcome news
    11/16/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Word that Peoria's Washington Gifted School is ranked as the best elementary school in Illinois is welcome news for students, teachers and parents of District 150. The local school system needs all the positive publicity it can get.
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    Murphysboro Middle School fails to make adequate progress
    11/16/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    MURPHYSBORO - For the third straight year, Murphysboro Middle School has failed to make adequate yearly progress according to state and federal testing standards.
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    Editorial: It's back to the basics for slipping schools
    11/15/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Archeologists in Israel have just uncovered an ancient scrawl that shows a rendering of the Hebrew alphabet, written apparently 10 centuries before the birth of Christ. The ancient scribe who carved his "ABCs" into a stone will remain forever unknown, but his noble efforts to learn how to express himself stay with us, reflecting the importance of writing as a tool for clear communication, a tool very necessary even today in a visual age.
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    Repeat failure for School District 209
    11/13/2005 -
    Suburban Life Newspapers
    Most students fall short of state reading, math standards for second straight year
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    Mixed message in LTHS state report card
    11/13/2005 -
    Suburban Life Newspapers
    The recently released 2005 Illinois District Report Card shows improvements in overall performance on state tests at Lyons Township High School District 204. However, the district failed to make adequate progress for the third year in a row in subcategories for students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students.
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    RI, UT improve on NCLB report
    11/11/2005 -

    Quad City Times
    The Illinois State Board of Education has released its Report Card for Illinois public schools and some local districts showed improvement, including the Rock Island-Milan School District.
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    Local schools receive passing grades
    11/11/2005 -

    Lincoln Courier
    West Lincoln-Broadwell Superintend-ent Bailey Climer was effervescent in his praise of the district's 2005 state report card showing, released today by the State Board of Education.
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    Editorial: Revised test standards still hit mark
    11/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    New report cards are out that give standardized test results for Illinois schools, but it’s difficult to do an apples-to-apples comparison in how well schools are doing.
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    Area sees 28 schools fail NCLB goals
    11/10/2005 -

    Alton Telegraph
    A total of 28 schools spread across Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties failed to meet minimum No Child Left Behind testing standards on last spring’s round of standardized tests.
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    RI, UT improve on NCLB report
    11/10/2005 -

    Quad City Times
    The Illinois State Board of Education has released its Report Card for Illinois public schools and some local districts showed improvement, including the Rock Island-Milan School District.
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    Report cards show we live separate and unequal
    11/10/2005 -

    Sun Publications
    The line couldn't be more clearly drawn by the just-released Illinois school report cards. Middle class and wealthy students are above the line. The poor, frequently kids of color, are below it.
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    Latino pupils fare well on shorter test
    11/10/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Improved scores get schools off watch list
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    Reporting on school test scores a tough but important assignment
    11/10/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Perhaps no story we cover during the year poses as great a challenge as that whose annual installment appeared on Wednesday: the state’s so-called annual “school report cards.”
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    Pecatonica schools report card
    11/10/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    PECATONICA — State tests include a number of variables from year to year, but officials in the Pecatonica School District continue to focus their attention on nurturing and encouraging students in their everyday work.
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    Oregon schools report card
    11/10/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    OREGON — Oregon School District leaders believe improving test scores starts with improving reading strategies.
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    Scores could improve
    11/10/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    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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    Quincy Schools report academic gains
    11/9/2005 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    The Quincy Public School District more than holds its own academically when compared with state averages, but it continues to lose ground financially.
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    Editorial: High marks on school reports
    11/9/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    The results from the most recent state education tests are in, and just about every metro-east school district can be proud to show off this report card.
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    Did south suburban schools make AYP in 2005?
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    192 schools passed 105 failed
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    Top 10 south suburban elementary schools
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    by the percent of students who met or exceeded standards according to the 2005 Illinois Standards Achievement Test composite score
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    Bridgeview school ranks No. 1
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    9 in 10 students know grade level material
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    Scores up, but more schools fail
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    South suburban schools are doing a better job of teaching students to read and solve math problems, figures released today show. That is the good news.
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    Wheaton's Whittier jumps up
    11/9/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Third-grade teacher Melissa Morris of Whittier Elementary in west suburban Wheaton has just finished up math review. She invites her class of 25 8- and 9-year-olds to the carpet for today's installment of "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
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    Relaxed standards part of reason for better scores
    11/9/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    When the state first released test results this summer, it looked as if more schools and districts had met federal testing goals than last year. But relaxed state standards this year, not necessarily better performance, account for some of that growth, new data analyzed by the Chicago Sun-Times shows.
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    Dividing big schools a winning equation
    11/9/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Tucked into the corner of a massive brick school building in South Chicago, BEST High hums with the unique sounds of a small school.
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    How six schools succeeded in improving scores
    11/9/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The Chicago Sun-Times asked elementary schools selected from about 2,000 across Illinois to identify keys to their success on state reading and math tests this year. These short studies reveal factors that school leaders said helped students achieve.
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    Naperville North’s changes boost scores
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Teachers start preparing students earlier, addressing anxiety, motivation
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    2005 School Report Cards are released!
    11/9/2005 -
    Students First Illinois
    Lower scores are evident in reading, math
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    Student progress includes flawed data
    11/9/2005 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    School administrators are asking the public to take their school's AYP with a grain of salt. AYP, or adequate yearly progress, is the measure the state uses to determine if students are improving their performance based on the established annual targets. AYP is intended to highlight the continuing need for improvement to narrow the achievement gap between student groups, including minorities and special ed students.
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    Making the grade
    11/9/2005 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    Districts catching up with 'No Child'
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    Lockport area schools enjoy solid test scores
    11/9/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    State standards: Most students meet or exceed; still some room for improvement
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    Steelman 'lighthouse'
    11/9/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    State leader visits: Says school has model program for improvement
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    Federal sanctions for failing
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    CHOICE — After two years in a row, students are offered transfers to higher-performing schools.
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    Educators still struggle with No Child Left Behind
    11/9/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    Fox Valley students show improvement
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    School report cards pose mixed bag
    11/9/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    While new test data show that more local students are meeting or exceeding state standards in reading, math and science over one year ago, individual subgroups of pupils are showing varied results.
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    Hitting the books: John Hill Magnet School's Quest for test improvement pays off
    11/9/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - Mornings at Johns Hill Magnet School are strictly devoted to academics - no assemblies, no field trips, no recess. The idea is new this year, the latest in years of new ideas inspired by a willingness to do whatever it takes to teach students, said Janet Hale, the facilitator for the school's reform model, Quest.
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    State streamlines school report cards
    11/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Trying to make the annual school report cards easier for parents to decipher, state officials this year introduced the Illinois School Profiles, a streamlined version of the voluminous document.
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    Asians thank parents for top grades
    11/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Year after year, Asian students in Illinois outpace their peers on state tests. Test results from the Illinois State Board of Education show the state's small population of Asian students posting higher passing rates on reading and math tests than every other racial group--at every grade tested--this year.
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    Despite fast strides, some still fall short
    11/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Three years ago, 18 percent of South Loop Elementary 3rd graders passed the state reading exam. Last school year, 58 percent did so.
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    School scores stagnate
    11/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Tough federal reforms fail to budge reading results
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    School report cards: 4 Rockford elementary schools show huge leaps in 2004-05
    11/9/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    King is the area’s top-scoring elementary and middle school; Hononegah tops the list of high schools.
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    More DuPage schools escape ‘failing’ label
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    In some districts, every school met standards — but district as a whole did not
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    The fine line between passing, failing
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Most Fox Valley schools improve standing with state
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    Lake County scores don’t tell whole story
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Annual report card shows number of failing schools drops from 42 to 36
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    Lake County schools show improvement
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A Wauconda principal says his school shed its failing tag on the state’s annual report card through hard work, not by statistical assistance or other newly devised methods.
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    More local schools earn passing grades
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Hard work, technicalities credited for gains in Northwest suburban report cards
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    School chiefs say better teaching is the key
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Officials say adjusted curriculum explains improved test scores
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    Technically, fewer children left behind
    11/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    More schools passed this year. But while some of them may be legit, others skated through on technic
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    State tests show drop at the top
    11/9/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Reading and math scores tumbled at dozens of the state's top-scoring elementary schools this year, puzzling both state experts and local school leaders.
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