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 State to seek flexibility from NCLB through federal waiver process

 

Springfield, IL – 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 student’s knowledge, skills and growth. The new state tests are expected to be available by the 2014-15 school year.

Student Demographics & Performance    

  • · In 2010-11, the total enrollment in Illinois public schools was 2,074,806.
  • · Since 1999, the percentage of low-income students has increased from 36.1 percent to 48.1 percent in 2011.
  • · Minority enrollment increased to 48.6 in 2011 from 38 percent in 1999. The increase is accounted for mainly by Hispanic students who have increased from 13.9 percent in 1999 to 23.0 percent of all students in 2011.
  • · The composite score for all state tests increased slightly from 76.4  in 2010 to 76.5 in 2011.
  • · Eighty percent of districts failed to make AYP in 2011, an increase from 64 percent in 2010.

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

 

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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