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State Releases New Versions of the Report Card for School Districts

November 1, 2013 08:45 AM
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The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the 2013 State, School, and District Report cards.

As in previous years, the ISBE will release the comprehensive version of these report cards required by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on its website, www.isbe.net. This version of the report cards includes each school and district’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Status and Federal and State Improvement Statuses.
In addition to these comprehensive report cards, two new versions of the Report Card have been released. These have been designed to make the report card data easier for all stakeholders — including superintendents, principals, teachers and parents — to understand. The new versions of the report cards are available on illinoisreportcard.com, and will include the following features::
  • The Online Report Card provides an interactive tool for exploring school performance data. The tool includes detailed descriptions of each metric alongside the results for each school and district.
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  • The At-A-Glance Report Card, which can be downloaded from the Online Report Card, summarizes the Report Card data in a two-page snapshot. We recommend that principals distribute this version to parents and community members.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the new state report cards will provide more information for parents and other community members in an easier-to-view format.

"Parents and the community need to be fully informed about the progress of the schools in their communities," she said. "I applaud the Illinois Board of Education for the transition to these easier to view report cards."

Several new metrics are featured on the report card this year as required by Illinois School Code. These include a measure of high school student readiness for college course work (as measured by receiving an ACT score of 21 or higher) and a measure of student academic growth.

Data that will appear on this year’s report card will include academic progress data such as achievement on state tests, graduation rates, and student academic growth; characteristics of schools such as the percentages of low-income students, English Learners, students with disabilities, and racial and ethnic groups; and information on the school environment such as average class size and student attendance rates. Viewers of the state report card also can find information about each school including different courses that are offered, health and wellness programs, community programs and partnerships, and awards for faculty, staff, and students in athletics, academics, and community work.
 
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