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Elementary schools garner high marks, others fall short CDH
From Carpentersville to Huntley, elementary schools exceeded state standards this year while high schools and, to a lesser extent, middle schools struggled to keep up.
School report cards: Chicago students' achievement gap CST
Over the last five years, minority and low-income public high school students have fallen even farther behind their white and more affluent classmates on state tests and the ACT, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found.
Left behind CST
Between 2003 and 2007, white students' reading scores went up while black, Hispanic and low-income students' scores went down. Black students' math scores also dropped.
Girls outpace boys on tests Tribune
Girls in Illinois grade schools outperformed boys on every state achievement exam last school year, according to a Tribune analysis, a twist in performance that has perplexed state officials and educators across the state.
State writing exam pass rate plummets Tribune
Only half of Illinois 5th graders passed the state writing exam last school year, a precipitous fall of nearly 20 percentage points in just three years, according to data released Wednesday.
Before-and-after help yields results CST
Like other public elementary schools statewide that have seen big five-year jumps in test scores, Willard has found it’s not just what happens during class that counts. What occurs before and after the school bell rings — touches as small as Marcello’s closing-bell routine — is important, too.
Students' achievement gap
Chicago Sun Times
At Hyde Park Academy, a neighborhood high school serving black, mostly low-income students, reading scores have dropped dramatically over the last five years.
Two schools make plans to address 'achievement gap' CDH
Two area high schools are trying a new approach to bolster test scores for struggling black and Hispanic students by offering them additional assistance programs aimed almost entirely at minorities.
After six straight years on school improvement status, the school made its improvement goals for the second consecutive year and removed itself from the danger list.
St. Charles East and Geneva high schools can empathize with each other after falling short of federal education standards for the first time in years.