News

For Immediate Release
October 20, 2011

More Illinois Schools identified for Improvement under No Child Left Behind Benchmarks


State to seek flexibility from NCLB through federal waiver process

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education today released 2011 State Assessment data, showing a growing number of schools are identified for improvement under the federal accountability law, No Child Left Behind. Results show 695 or 80 percent of Illinois districts and 2,548 or 65 percent of schools, up from 51 percent last year, failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under NCLB. In total, only 8 high schools in the state made AYP based on test results in 2011.

The results were announced as part of the State Board’s statewide analysis of the 2011 State Report Card and more than a month after the U.S. Department of Education announced it would consider granting NCLB waivers to states that agree to certain reform provisions such as adopting more rigorous college and career-ready standards and assessments that measure student growth over time.

“We need a realistic, measurable accountability system based on growth and individual student progress rather than an absolute, unattainable goal handed down from Washington,’’ said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “Illinois will request a waiver that builds upon the Board’s goals to better prepare every student for success in college and careers, raising expectations for all students and closing achievement gaps.”

The statewide composite score for students meeting and exceeding on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) given to elementary students saw an increase, going from 80.9 in 2010 to 82.0 percent in 2011. The achievement gap also shows signs of closing with an 11 percent increase in performance for Black students at the elementary level since 2006 and a 2.6 percent increase for Hispanic students during that same time.

The composite score for the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), given to 11th graders, decreased from 53 in 2010 to 50.5 in 2011. One explanation for this year’s decline may be the increase of about 12,500 PSAE test takers in 2011, per new state rules emphasizing that all 11th graders must take the exam, which includes the ACT.

“It is great to see improvements being made at the elementary level in closing the achievement gap,” Said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “This progress is essential as we implement the common core standards and will help to ensure students enter high school performing at grade level and leave ready for college and careers.”

Students in third through eighth grades last March took ISAT in reading and mathematics while fourth and seventh graders were also tested in science. Students in 11th grade last April took the PSAE which tests students in math, reading, science and writing. Only reading and mathematics results are used in calculating AYP.

In 2011, schools were expected to show 85 percent of students meeting or exceeding proficiency standards, up from 77.5 percent in 2010. The target high school graduation rate increased from 80 percent in 2010 to 82 percent in 2011. Attendance rate targets for elementary and middle schools in 2011 remained the same as the previous year at 91 percent.

In 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the new Illinois Learning Standards in math and English Language Arts based on the internationally-benchmarked Common Core State Standards. Illinois is a member of the 26-state Partnership for Assessment for College and Careers (PARCC) that is developing a new generation of tests aligned to the new standards to better measure students knowledge, skills and growth. The new state tests are expected to be available by the 2014-15 schoolyear.

Student Demographics & Performance    

ISBE has produced the School Report Card since 1986 for every public school and district in Illinois. State report cards have been produced since 2002 and are required under No Child Left Behind.


ISAT Statewide Averages in Reading/Percentage Meet and Exceeds
Grade
Year
Percentage Meet and Exceeds
3
2007
73.0
2008
71.7
2009
72.2
2010
73.7
2011
74.7
4
2007
73.7
2008
73.2
2009
73.8
2010
73.7
2011
74.7
5
2007
69.7
2008
73.5
2009
73.5
2010
74.7
2011
76.4
6
2007
73.4
2008
79.0
2009
79.9
2010
81.2
2011
84.1
7
2007
73.4
2008
77.7
2009
77.5
2010
77.5
2011
78.8
8
2007
81.8
2008
81.4
2009
83.6
2010
84.1
2011
85.0

ISAT Statewide Averages in Math/Percentage Meet and Exceeds
Grade
Year
Percentage Meet and Exceeds
3
2007
86.8
2008
85.1
2009
85.2
2010
86.3
2011
87.3
4
2007
86.4
2008
84.6
2009
85.7
2010
86.0
2011
87.7
5
2007
82.5
2008
81.4
2009
82.4
2010
83.4
2011
84.0
6
2007
81.4
2008
82.6
2009
82.4
2010
84.6
2011
84.0
7
2007
79.4
2008
80.4
2009
82.8
2010
84.4
2011
84.3
8
2007
81.3
2008
80.4
2009
81.7
2010
83.7
2011
86.3

ISAT Statewide Averages Science/Percentage Meet and Exceeds
Grade
Year
Percentage Meet and Exceeds
4
2007
79.8
2008
76.2
2009
76.8
2010
76.7
2011
79.3
7
2007
79.3
2008
79.1
2009
79.5
2010
82.4
2011
81.9

PSAE Statewide Averages/Percentage Meet and Exceeds
Year
Reading
Math
Science
2007
54.1
52.7
51.0
2008
53.3
53.0
51.2
2009
56.9
51.6
50.5
2010
54.0
52.7
52.4
2011
51.0
51.3
49.2


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