Student Achievement Report

January 2019

  • The Board of Education heard the annual student achievement report from the Department of Instruction during its Jan. 9, 2019, meeting. 

    This year, District 15 has aligned its report with the new state measures for school accountability known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), using a broader set of student success indicators. 

    ESSA Student Success Indicators

    • Student growth: 50-percent
    • Chronic absenteeism: 20-percent
    • School climate survey (5Essentials): 5-percent
    • Math proficiency: 10-percent
    • English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency: 10-percent
    • English learners progress to proficiency: 5-percent 
    The state uses the success indicators to create index scores for student subgroups. It then assigns each school in the state a designation of exemplary, commendable, underperforming or lowest performing. 
     
    Exemplary: Overall school performance is in the top 10-percent of schools in Illinois and has no underperforming student groups (two District 15 schools).
    Commendable: Overall school performance is above the bottom 5-percent of schools and below the top 10-percent with no underperforming student groups (14 District 15 schools).
    Underperforming: Overall school performance is above the bottom 5-percent of schools in Illinois, but has one or more student groups that are underperforming (four District 15 schools).
    Lowest Performing: Overall school performance is in the lowest 5-percent of schools in Illinois.
     
    District 15's past focus on student growth, student outcomes and group monitoring is closely aligned with ESSA, with student achievement remaining steady over the last several years. 
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