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District 209 Schools Make Gains in State Test Scores

November 20, 2014 03:40 PM
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All three schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 - Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy - have made gains in their scores on both the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) and the ACT college entrance exam.
 
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 and math portions of the state tests by 31.3 percent from 2013, including a 72.7 percent increase on the math portion. In addition, the percentage of Proviso East students meeting or exceeding state standards on the reading portion has more than doubled since 2012.
 
Proviso West High School juniors raised the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the reading and math portions of the state tests by 20 percent from 2013, as well as seeing a 25 percent increase in the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the math portion of the test from 2013. Proviso West also had a 36.4 percent increase in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards on the reading portion since 2012.
 
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the District goal is to always meet or exceed the state average.
 
"This is a move in the right direction, and it is the result of our teachers and administration working together to improve student performance across the District," she said. "We hope to accelerate the steady positive progress that we have been making in educating our students."
 
PMSA posted its highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards since students from the school began taking the PSAE in 2008. According to the State Report Card, 82 percent of PMSA juniors met or exceeded standards on the reading portion of the test, while 80 percent passed the math portion, a 15.5 percent increase and 15.9 percent increase, respectively. The percent increase also is the highest in school history.
 
District 209 students also posted gains in their average ACT scores.
 
Students who took the ACT in April 2014 had a 17.6 average composite score, which was an increase from the 17.1 average posted by those who took the exam in April 2013. In addition, the average composite scores were up from the year before for the same group, including at Proviso East (increase from 15.6 in 2013 to 16.0 in 2014), Proviso West (increase from 16.5 in 2013 to 16.9 in 2014), and PMSA (increase from 21.3 in 2013 to 22.5 in 2014).
 
The average composite score for the graduating class of 2014, which factors in subsequent attempts at a higher score by some students during their senior year, also was up slightly for the District as a whole and at both Proviso East and Proviso West. The District’s average composite score climbed from 17.1 for the Class of 2013 to 17.3 for the Class of 2014, with Proviso East increasing from 15.3 to 15.7 and Proviso West from 16.5 to 16.7.
 
Mr. Daniel J. Adams, president of the District 209 Board of Education, said that students and faculty should be proud of the improvement.
 
"We always seek to continue to improve our test scores in our schools, and our students took the challenge and did just that," he said. "They deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments, and our teachers also deserve to be recognized for their hard work in making this improvement happen."
 
Congratulations, students and faculty, for all of your achievements! 
 
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