State Designates District 99 Schools as “Commendable”

State Designates District 99 Schools as “Commendable”

 

On October 31, 2018, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released its annual School Report Card, which designates both North High School and South High School as “Commendable.” This is the second highest designation.  

  • To see the state’s report card for Downers Grove North High School, please click here.

  • To see the state’s report card for Downers Grove South High School, please click here.

  • To see the state’s report card for District 99, please click here.

With its new support and accountability system, ISBE now evaluates high schools on ten measures of progress in addition to test scores.  Measures of academic performance and growth (including graduation rates, proficiency in English and math, and English Learner Progress) account for 75% of a school’s success. Additional measures of quality and student success (including absenteeism and 9th-graders on track to graduate) account for 25% of a school’s success. Click here for details.

“We are pleased that ISBE has restructured how a school’s success is measured, in alignment with the new federal ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ accountability system,” says Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele. “It’s a step in the right direction to look beyond test scores and to measure a school’s performance on additional factors that contribute to student achievement.”

ISBE now rates schools by one of four designations: Exemplary, Commendable, Underperforming and Lowest-Performing. According to ISBE, the designations describe how well schools are performing to meet the needs of all students.  The “Exemplary” designation is awarded to the top 10% performing schools, while the “Lowest-Performing” designation represents the lowest-performing 5% of schools. Click here for details about the designations.

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