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Proviso East, Proviso West Make Gains in Reading Scores

November 1, 2013 08:55 AM
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Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have made gains in their scores on the PSAE.

According to the recently released State Report Card by the Illinois State Board of Education, Proviso East High School boosted the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the reading portion of the state tests by 11.5 percent from 2012. This is the school’s highest rate since 2007. Proviso West High School juniors raised the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the reading portion of the state tests by 5.9 percent, as well as seeing a slight increase in the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the math portion of the test. Since the inception of No Child Left Behind in 2003, Proviso East’s highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards on the reading portion of the state tests was 33 percent in 2005. For Proviso West, the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards on the reading portion was 36 percent, also in 2005.

Proviso East also saw the percentage of its students who took the test jump by 7.6 percent to 94 percent, while Proviso Math and Science Academy again had 100 percent of its juniors take the exams. The state requires schools have 95 percent participation for AYP.

While the increased scores do not help the schools meet adequate yearly progress under state guidelines, the results were signs of improvement, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. She attributes the increase to the new literacy initiative and the dedication of the teachers in supporting the new emphasis across the curriculum.

"Our target is to meet or exceed the state average," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "We clearly have some work to do. This is a move in the right direction, and we need to make a trend of improvement in all areas across multiple years. We hope to continue this positive progress and continue to move forward in the education of our students."

In addition to the improvements in reading scores, the District also saw positive gains in addressing the Board of Education’s goal of enhancing and improving educational programming. The following improvements are noted:
 
  • The number of students taking Advanced Placement, Honors, or Dual Enrollment classes is up 15 percent at Proviso West High School and 29 percent at Proviso East High School, with the number of courses in these areas also increasing.
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  • On both the English Language Arts and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment, the average percentage correct and the percentage of students scoring above the 60 percent correct is higher than last year in nearly instance through building or class.
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  • The total monetary amounts of scholarships and grant offers totaled nearly $20 million and are up at all three schools: 57 percent at Proviso West, 34 percent at Proviso East, and 10 percent at PMSA.
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  • The number of students receiving scholarships and grant offers is up at all three schools: 33 percent at Proviso East, 90 percent at Proviso West, and 147 percent at PMSA.
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