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Whittier Elementary School

Public | 4-5 | 221 students

 

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Posted February 21, 2008

I would just like to say that my kids attended this school and the teachers are great! The principal is outgoing, spunky and wonderful. The only negative is the office staff they need to be as upbeat as the principal and all of the other staff, very unfriendly and not very welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2006

The fifth grade gifted teacher is outstanding. My child loves going to school. Her class is responsible for the school newspaper. The kids write stories, type, and prepare the newspaper. The teacher is big into computers and my child has become quite computer savvy. The kids read and analyze novels. Band and choir are courses kids can begin in fifth grade. More kids should take advantage of these wonderful opportunities. The P.E. teacher started a walking club before school. Art and Music are other favorite classes. They also have outstanding special education services for children with learning diabilties.
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Posted May 16, 2006

I have never been happier with a school as I am with Whittier! The principal is incredible, the 4th grade teacher Mr Coppin is also incredible. The kids are treated as a family member rather then just another paycheck to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students50%
Female45%
Male55%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income52%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners11%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female47%
Male41%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income45%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students73%
Female65%
Male78%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income74%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners33%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students30%
Female27%
Male32%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income30%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities33%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female45%
Male46%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income46%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities52%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 79% 24%
Black 14% 18%
White 5% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms. Alma Cano

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13043 Maple Avenue
Blue Island, IL 60406
Phone: (708) 385-6170

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