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2018 Illinois School Report Card data shows consistent growth

There’s a lot to unpack from Illinois School Report Card data, but examining the big picture is a great place to start. For Woodstock Community Unit School District 200, the overall data offers proof that district staff are on the right track when it comes to the Every Student Succeeds Act’s goal of demonstrating student achievement growth.

Superintendent Mike Moan said he’s encouraged by District 200 test results over the four-year period since the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test was implemented.

“The district continues to show evidence of sustained growth over this period,” Moan said. “ Our growth continues to well outpace the state’s growth.”

One of the most encouraging results for District 200 was the growth demonstrated in fifth-grade reading scores. When examining fifth-graders across the district, 48 percent met or exceeded expectations for reading scores compared to 23 percent just four years ago. Over that same time period, the Illinois average reading score for fifth-graders dropped from 38 percent to 36 percent.

There was also significant improvement across the district in fifth-grade math where test scores increased by 16 percent over the four years of PARCC testing while the state average increased only four percent over the same time period.

Taking a deeper look at some individual elementary schools, reading score growth at Prairiewood and Mary Endres elementary schools showed remarkable improvement over four years. Prairiewood scores jumped from 28 percent in reading competency to 55 percent, while Mary Endres went from 22 percent to 60 percent — again, while the statewide score dropped two percent.

Mary Endres was also recognized with an “exemplary” designation based on its growth performance, which Principal Keri Pala attributes to a true team effort from all school employees.

“It also takes parents, placing an importance on education, the District providing resources, and the staff working hard everyday to figure out what kids need in order to grow to their fullest capabilities,” Pala said. “When all three of those come together, we can do amazing things.”

Elementary schools aren’t the only places where District 200 has shown a positive trend. There was also progress made in middle school reading scores.

Creekside Middle School seventh-graders went from 33 percent of students meeting or exceeding reading expectations to 47 percent over four years while Northwood Middle School sixth-graders went from 33 percent to 43 percent. Over that same time period, the average state scores stayed flat at 40 percent and dropped slightly from 35 percent to 34 percent, respectively.

At the high school level, District 200 has a 94 percent graduation rate, which is 9 percent higher than the state average.

“We can attribute this growth to the dedication of our teachers working with all of our families and students,” Superintendent Mike Moan said.

Overall nine District 200 schools were given “commendable” designations by the Illinois State Board of Education, Mary Endres was designated “exemplary,” while Northwood Middle School received an “underperforming” designation based on the score results from two subgroup classifications of students.

While the overall news is encouraging, Moan said the District is constantly striving for improvement including upgrading middle school math curriculum and developing programs to increase achievement among students who aren’t performing at grade level.

“Even with the sustained growth, we continue to look for new and innovative ways to meet the needs of all of our students on a daily basis,” Moan said.

All of District 200 Illinois School Report card data for the overall district and for individual schools is available on this link.