Thursday, September 27, 2012
District officials said many test results have stabilized over the past year.
Of the 28 eligible schools, 12 schools in Plainfield School District 202 made adequate yearly progress as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act this year. That number is twice as many as last year, when only six of the 28 schools made AYP. In order to make adequate yearly progress, at least 85 percent of students in all subgroups had to meet or exceed state standards in the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT), which is given to third- through eighth-graders and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), which is given to 11th graders. Each year, the benchmark increases by 7.5 percent so that by 2014, 100 percent of students are expected to meet or exceed state standards. In reading, about 81 percent of District 202 students…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Superintendent Jim Mitchem will hold a community forum Thursday night regarding mandated letters sent to families at schools not meeting NCLB benchmarks.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Last week, letters were sent to parents offering the chance to transfer their students to Pioneer Elementary School. Superintendent Jim Mitchem and Valley View School District 365U officials will hold a community forum Thursday night to explain the letters, the state of Valley View schools and the transfer process. The Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires all school districts in Illinois to offer parents the choice of transferring their children to another school in their district if their home school does not meet or exceed the state standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test for several years in a row. Because this year’s required “benchmark” of 85 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards on the ISAT is a …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Valley View School District Superintendent James Mitchem says students are "are far more capable than scores may show.”
Valley View students failed to make adequate yearly progress on this year’s ISAT tests, according to information released by the state Monday. But the district’s state report card does show signs of improvement—if you know where to look. Valley View scores, which remained about flat this year, still rate behind state averages. But gains have been made on a grade-by-grade basis, administrators say. According to the Illinois State Report Card, 72.3 percent of Valley View students met or exceeded Illinois learning standards on the Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT). That’s below the statewide average of 76.5 percent and slightly below last year’s district mark of 72.8 percent. Under guidelines set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act, …
Thursday, December 9, 2010
B.J. Ward Principal Ted Warpinski spoke to a group of parents Wednesday evening about concerns the parents may have, particularly low test scores.
Any parent worth his or her salt will naturally have questions about their child's education. Is it challenging enough? Why isn't there more homework? How can they become more involved? But most parents don't get the opportunity to sit down for some face-to-face time with their child's principal. B.J. Ward Principal Ted Warpinksi is trying to change that. Warkpinski held what he hopes was the first of many B.J. Ward Town Hall meetings at the Beaconridge clubhouse Wednesday night. The event was designed to get parents more comfortable with the prospect of asking Warpinski — or any B.J. Ward staff member —questions about their child's education. Even if those questions weren't flattering. Warpinski quickly touched on the subject most parents…
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Valley View school board president says 'mediocrity is not acceptable anymore.' If scores don't improve, jobs may be at risk, board members warn.
Sluggish test results in Valley View School District 365U have raised the ire of school board members who recently sent administrators a clear message: Fix it or we'll find people who can. Disappointment in the district's Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) results, which showed the district's students' reading skills had decreased while their math skills showed slight improvement, prompted board members to devote most of their Aug. 23 meeting to stern rebukes of the administration. The results prompted some angry board members to issue warnings that a change in leadership could be on the horizon if the issue isn't resolved. "Mediocrity is not acceptable anymore," school board president Steven Quigley said. "We spend a lot of money…