All 28 District 202 schools tested last spring on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) state achievement exam have been designated as either “Exemplary” or “Commendable” under the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA.)
The ESSA is the federal academic accountability system. Dr. Glenn Wood, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction reviewed the results of the most recent state test data.
“Once again, District 202 did well overall,” Wood said. “We are happy with our results this year and expect to continue improving thanks to the hard work and dedication of our students, staff and families,” he said.
All information is taken from the 2018-19 Illinois Report Card.
The ESSA assigns four designations to schools based on 10 indicators of performance including student growth: Exemplary, Commendable, Underperforming and Lowest- Performing:
Last year, Drauden Point Middle School was designated as “Underperforming” because of its academic performance on the Dynamic Learnings Maps Assessment among its special education students.
District 202 got extra funding and resources this year to help improve academic achievement in that population.
Preschools including District 202’s Bonnie McBeth Learning Center are not assessed. Scores for Plainfield Academy, which serves both high school and middle school students were incorporated into their home schools’ results.
District 202’s scores on the IAR exam exceed state averages in all key areas.
In English Language, 48 percent of all District 202 students tested meet or exceed state English Language learning expectations, compared to 38 percent statewide. Last year, 45 percent of District 202 students met or exceeded English Language learning expectations.
Likewise, in math, 41 percent of all students met state learning expectations, the same as last year. This year, 32 percent of students statewide met or exceeded Math learning expectations.
The SAT college entrance exam is the state’s official college exam and is given to all juniors.
Forty percent of District 202 students met the SAT’s Reading/Writing expectations, posting a composite score of 513, compared to 37 percent statewide with a composite score of 499. Last year, 39 percent of District 202 students met SAT Reading/Writing expectations.
In math, 43 percent of district students met the SAT learning expectations, posting a composite score of 521. That’s up from 37 percent last year. Statewide, 37 percent of students met SAT Math learning expectations, up from 34 percent last year.
District 202’s participation and achievement on the Advanced Placement exam both dropped slightly this year after several years of record-high success.
In 2019, 378 District 202 students were named AP Scholars, down from 395 in 2018. Those students posted an average score of 3.1 out of a possible 5, down from 3.2 a year ago.
The ACCESS test gauges academic proficiency in English for English Language Learner (ELL) students.
This year, 2,256 District 202 students took the ACCESS test, up from 1,851 last year. Those students posted a composite score of 3.6, the same as last year. Eleven percent of ELL students tested met the criteria to test out of the program, also the same as last year.
This year, 58 percent of District 202 students were deemed “proficient” on the Illinois Science Assessment, which is given separately from the rest of the state exam.
That is the same percent as last year, but topped the 49 percent of students statewide, which was down from 51 percent last year.
Students with cognitive disabilities take the Dynamic Learning Maps assessment (DLM-AA).
This year, 50 percent of District 202 students who took the DLM-AA) were either “Approaching” their target achievement, or “At Target.” That tops the 42 percent statewide score.
Last year, 43 percent of students taking the DLM-AA were either Approaching or At Target, compared to 46 percent statewide.
The state report card also shows District 202 uses its resources effectively and efficiently both in the classroom and district wide.
The average salary for District 202 teachers was $56,354, compared to $67,049 statewide.
At the elementary level, District 202 averaged one teacher for every 19.1 elementary students, versus the state average of one teacher for every 18.1 students. At high school, District 202 had one teacher for every 23.1 students compared to the state ratio of one for every 19.1 students.
Administrators also made less than the state average, earning an average of $89,766 versus $109,592. As well, administrative costs comprised only 1.4 percent of the total budget, compared to the state average of 3 percent.
Finally, District 202’s Operating Expense Per Pupil (total operational expenses divided by total enrollment) was $10,649, compared to the state average of $13,764.
The district’s Instructional Expense Per Pupil was $6,455 compared to the state average of $8,172.
“District 202 provides tremendous value for the resources our taxpayers provide,” Wood said.