Huntley 158 families,
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has just released the new 2019 Illinois School Report Card. While the report card is far from a complete picture of our District, there is much to celebrate and significant value in its data for the community and for our internal stakeholders.
You may recall that last year the State added a number of new dimensions to the report card. Among the additions were summative designations for every school in the state. Schools are designated as one of the following as an overall description of a school’s service to students based on multiple factors and compared to other schools in the state: Exemplary School, Commendable School, Underperforming School, or Lowest Performing School.
The designations provide a public benchmark of each school’s progress toward the goal of preparing all students for success in college and career. We are pleased that once again, all of our schools have received designations as “Commendable” or “Exemplary.” A particular point of celebration is that two of our schools have been ranked as Exemplary, indicating the highest level of achievement in overall quality.
These designations indicate that, under the State’s definitions, our schools have no underperforming subgroups and do have strong graduation rates and overall academic performance.
- Huntley High School: Commendable
- Heineman Middle School: Commendable
- Marlowe Middle School: Commendable
- Chesak Elementary: Commendable
- Conley Elementary: Commendable
- Leggee Elementary: Exemplary
- Mackeben Elementary: Exemplary
- Martin Elementary: Commendable
This year, additional new measures include data about specific student groups, school climate measures, and measures of progress in reading and science.
In addition, the report card includes a summary dashboard for every school, additional funding information related to the state’s definition of adequacy, academic growth indicators, English Learner scores and growth, educator qualifications, and a summary of evaluation outcomes, in addition to several other measures. Internally, this data is used to review trends, compare results from different data sources, evaluate programs and initiatives, and put in place improvement plans at each school. While the data landscape in Huntley 158 is much more extensive than that represented on the public report card, we do encourage you to explore illinoisreportcard.com.
Again, while we appreciate this mark of quality from the State, we strongly encourage our community to dive deeper through the various storytelling pieces posted throughout the year on our website and social media channels, videos, and updates shared via text and email.
Thank you for all you do to support OUR schools.
Dr. Scott Rowe