The State Board of Education released its annual report card Thursday. Of the schools ranked in the report card, 600 passed while 3,169 were "deemed failures," according to a Daily Herald analysis of the State Report Card.
At Stevenson High School, 89 percent of juniors met or exceeded state standards on the 2013 Illinois Standards Achievement Test while an average of 61.9 percent met that same benchmark statewide, according to the Illinois State Report Card website. In 2012, 85 percent of Stevenson students met or exceeded standards, according to the Illinois Report Card.
In School District 214, which includes Buffalo Grove and Wheeling high schools, 70 percent met or exceeded state standards on the PSAE. The same number of students met or exceeded those standards in 2012.
Here is a look at how this breaks down by school:
- 68.3 percent met or exceeded standards on the PSAE at Buffalo Grove High School.
- 56.7 percent met or exceeded standards on the PSAE at Wheeling High School.
Many schools throughout the state saw a significant drop in its scores from 2012 as part of the state board's move to raise expectations — or cut scores — for the ISATs, which is given to third- through eighth-grade students.
The move was meant to help "align with the more rigorous Common Core Learning Standards and give a better indication of college and career readiness," according to a Illinois State Board of Education press release.
As part of those changes, schools meeting or exceeding expectations in 2012 on average dropped throughout the state nearly 20 percentage points from 82.1 last year to 61.9 percent this year.
The scoring on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, which is given to 11th graders, did not change this year and statewide, the composite score increased from 51.3 percent to 51.9 percent statewide, according to the ISBE press release. The composite meets or exceeds percentage for math and reading was set at 53.3 on this year's State report Card.
A new metric, “Ready for College Coursework,” on the Illinois State Report Card refers to the percent of students at each high school who earned a combined score of at least a 21 on the ACT college admissions test. Statewide, 45.7 percent of Illinois public school students from the Graduating Class of 2013 posted at least a 21 on the ACT.
At Stevenson, 87 percent were listed as "ready for college coursework," a benchmark reached by 71 percent of Buffalo Grove High School juniors and 52 percent of Wheeling juniors.
See how your school fared by visiting the Illinois State Report Card website.
The Daily Herald has published an online tool meant to help examine your child's school and make better sense of the Illinois State Report Card data. Visit the Daily Herald website to learn more about your child's school.
— Amie Schaenzer contributed to this story