Students met ambitious growth targets in MAP
More District 64 students in grades 3-8 reached their projected growth targets for learning in 2016-17, and are meeting or surpassing the ambitious goals set for student growth District-wide by the 2020 Vision Strategic Plan, as reported by Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Lori Lopez at the June 26, 2017 Board of Education meeting (view video).
District 64 monitored student growth by comparing performance from fall 2016 to spring 2017 on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The District has established an overall target for the year 2020 of having 70% of students meet their projected growth in reading and 75% in math.
As a stepping-stone, the District established an intermediate goal in 2017 of having 55% of students meet their growth targets in reading. Students in grades 3-8 met or surpassed that goal; fifth graders had the highest percentage of students meeting their reading growth targets at 65%.
Similarly in math, the District had established an intermediate goal in 2017 of having 58% of students meet their growth targets. Students in all grades 3-8 with the exception of fifth grade surpassed that goal; eighth graders had the highest percentage of students meeting their math growth target at 71%. This is the first year that students in grade 2 took the fall MAP; their results are considered a baseline.
PARCC assessments indicate student achievement remains steady
Reporting on the spring 2017 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers (PARCC) assessments required by the Illinois State Board of Education, Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Lori Lopez at the November 13, 2017 Board of Education meeting reported that 58% of students met or exceeded expectations in English Language Arts while 57% did so in Math, as reported on the 2017 State Report Cards. View her full presentation here.
More information on how to interpret your child's PARCC test scores in each grade may be found here.
State science assessments for 2016 and 2017 show high levels of D64 students are "proficient"
Due to delays in scoring by the state, D64 received results in early 2018 for both the 2016 and 2017 IL Science Assessment taken each spring by students in grades 5 and 8. The online statewide assessment is aligned with the IL Learning Standards for Science, which reflect the Next Generation Science Standards. The assessment includes items related to physical science, life science, earth/space science, and engineering, Students are scored either as "proficient" or "not proficient." From about 72% to 80% of D64 students across the two years and grades were scored as "proficient," substantially above the state results. The reports were presented as a Memo of Information to the Board of Education at the February 26, 2018 meeting.
An in-depth review of student achievement during the 2015-16 school year was presented to the Board of Education at the August 8, 2016 Committee-of-the-Whole meeting (view video here). The presentation included both the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments in reading and math given in fall 2015 and spring 2016, and the spring 2016 PARCC assessments of Illinois Learning Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and math.
In addition to the video, other ways to access information include:
- Written report from Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Lori Lopez
- Dr. Lopez's presentation slides to the Board may be seen here:
PA 99-590 was signed into law on July 22, 2016. This legislation requires each school district to report to the Illinois State Board of Education information concerning the administration of assessments that are "scored by a non-district entity."