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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2003

Academic Early Warning and Academic Watch Lists Amended

2 schools removed; 5 added to Academic Warning, now eligible for System of Support
2 schools removed from Academic Watch List

The State Board of Education has amended the 2002 Academic Early Warning List to remove four schools and add five others that were miscoded when the list was released in December. The final total for the 2002 AEWL is now 664 schools from 124 districts. The 2002 Academic Watch List now totals 50 schools in five districts after being amended to remove two schools.

Schools Removed from the Academic Early Warning List

Lincoln Jr. High School in LaSalle Elementary District 122 asked that the writing assessments of 70 students be rescored, which adjusted their final results enough to remove the school from the list. Schools have 45 days after results are reported to contest the results and pay for rescoring the tests. Final results show that the school had 197 scores that meet or exceed state standards of the 395 scores in the school, raising the school's composite ISAT performance to 49.87%.

Schools are placed on the AEWL because of two years with less than 50% of scores meeting ISAT standards and composite scores of 49.5 and above are rounded to the 50% threshhold.

A.J. Katzenmaier Middle School in North Chicago School District 187 is being removed from the AEWL because the configuration of the school has changed from grades 6 thru 8 to grades K - 5.

Schools Added to the 2002 Academic Early Warning List

Five schools that are eligible for the AEWL were not identified when the original 2002 AEWL was compiled, due to technical coding errors. NCS Pearson, the contractor for providing assessment data, had used incorrect data codes. Consequently, ISBE was unable to match 2002 performance data to 2001 performance data. Thus, these schools went undetected. Now that the coding errors have been corrected, staff recommends that the following five schools be added to the 2002 AEWL based on the 2001 and 2002 scores shown below:

SCHOOL
DISTRICT
MTEX01
MTEX02
CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN DOLTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 149 32.3 32.5
MEADOWVIEW SCHOOL
COUNTRY CLUB HILLS SCH DIST 160
46.6
41.0
NEW DAWES AREA ELEM SCHOOL
CITY OF CHICAGO SCHOOL DIST 299
42.1
44.5
SPALDING ELEM SCHOOL
CITY OF CHICAGO SCHOOL DIST 299
24.7
27.9
STEPHEN DECATUR MIDDLE SCHOOL
DECATUR SCHOOL DISTRICT 61
46.4
46.6

Schools on the Academic Early Warning List are eligible for the State Board’s System of Support, which provides targeted assistance for local efforts to improve achievement of the Illinois Learning Standards.

Removed from the Academic Watch List

Two schools in the City of Chicago District 299 are being removed from the Academic Watch List because they are slated to be closed at the end of this school year: Future Commons Technical Prep. High School and Flower High School.

The amended Academic Early Warning List can be accessed at the following: http://www.isbe.net/pdf/02aewl.pdf.

The amended Academic Watch List is available at http://www.isbe.net/pdf/02watchlist.pdf.

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