D.158 test scores show most students did well in math

2013-08-25T00:00:00Z D.158 test scores show most students did well in mathPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LANSING | The Lansing Elementary District 158 School Board on Wednesday was presented with an academic achievement report for the 2012-13 school year.

Keli Ross, assistant principal at Memorial Junior High School, gave a presentation that explored Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

She explained the AYP benchmark was raised from 85 percent to 92.5 percent in 2013 and the state changed cut-off scores which students had to meet on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test to be considered meeting or exceeding standards.

"Even with those changes, we did in reading have two student subgroups make AYP, and that's our multiracial and our white subgroups," Ross said.

Ross said that for math, almost all subgroups made AYP in 2012.

"In 2013, last year, even with the cut-offs that were changed, we still had four subgroups make AYP, our economically disadvantaged, multiracial, (and) white subgroups and the category for all students," she said.

An exploration of individual district schools showed that Reavis Elementary was the only school to have all subgroups make AYP in 2013.

D.158 Superintendent Cecilia Heiberger said the district will continue to work to raise test scores.

"I think with all of the resources that we have in place, I believe with the teachers being focused on specific areas for targeted improvement, I think we're headed in the right direction," Heiberger said.

Heiberger told the board the following dates have been set for open houses at district schools: Oak Glen Elementary, Aug. 27; Reavis Elementary, Aug. 28; Coolidge Elementary, Aug. 29; Memorial Junior High School, Sept. 3 and the Lester Crawl Primary Center, Sept. 12.

All open houses are scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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