The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the 2015 State, School, and District Report cards. However, results for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams that students took last year have not yet been released.
The Online Report Card, found at illinoisreportcard.com
, showed that District 209 schools made gains in several areas.
The district’s graduation rate climbed by three percentage points to 74 percent, according to the report. This included a three-point gain in the graduation rate at Proviso East High School (61 percent) and a four-point gain at Proviso West High School (74 percent). The state average is 85 percent, down a percentage point from the previous year.
More information will be forthcoming when the results from the PARCC exam are released, likely later in November. Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that despite the gains, work remains to be done.
"The increase in the graduation rates at all three District 209 schools is the result of purposeful efforts on the part of our teachers and administration working together toward improved student performance," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "At the same time, our target is to meet or exceed the state average, so we clearly have some work to do. This is a move in the right direction, and we hope to continue this positive progress and continue to move forward in the education of our students."
While the results from the PARCC exams have yet to be released, other data that appears on this year’s report card includes academic progress data such as graduation rates; 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.