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Northwest Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 754 students

 

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Posted March 10, 2014

Hi i am a student in the 6th.And I find it sad that when the teacher is trying to teach the class the students. And the student constantly interrupt him and if you are trying to learn something it is very distracting. The students are so bad that the teacher dose not want to come to school. And there is a LOT of bulling in this school.But the teachers are over all pretty good. - M and M


Posted October 27, 2013

We'll i am please to say that teachers are great. They take the time to help your child and motivate them to be better at what they can. I love that every one knows my child not because she is cute, funny or gets along with everyone. They know my child because she gets all A's because she likes to read, loves math and many more. She's ans A student because my child receive from an excellent and well dedicated teachers who strive to be better with their students. My child can look forward to graduate and to be in an excellent high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

i graduated NWM in 2009, i was accepted into Northside college prep, and that is where i will be attending high school this fall, the school overall is decent, although the security guards are over stalking students every chance they get. like it has been said, there are some kids who make it bad, and those who choose to do their work and follow rules will succeed anywhere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2009

I'm a former student from this school and I graduated in 2009. This school is absolutely great indeed. Teachers really care for the students success and students are improving. This year one student got accepted at Northside Prep high school and many went to lane tech.


Posted October 17, 2008

im am as a matter of fact a student at northwest middle. i am in the 8th grade. i think that it is a great school. all the teachers help us achieve great tings and want the best for us. i have been told that the school is not bad its some of the students that make it bad. and if you did not like teaching there then you should have just quit at the begining. no one told you to stay. i love northwest middle and if you dont then thats on you!!! Go Panthers!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2006

Teaching at Northwest Middle has discouraged me from continuing my career as a teacher. The lack of parental support has not surprised me as much of that of the administration's. The school needs to refocus and adjust their priorities. Unfortunately with a new principal charge, students roam the halls and harass students as well as teachers and nothing is done to stop them. I ask myself, how can I teach under such tormentive conditions, better yet, how can my students achieve and be prepared for the real world? Northwest Middle has potential, but what good does it do us if administration is always quarraling among themselves. Set an example for goodness sakes!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 17, 2004

I am a former student in North West Middle School. The reviewers here are all wrong. first of all every child in the country shows negative attitude to adults in school. Why? They dont like school as simple as that, the environment isn't very welcoming but look at this 6th graders aren't welcomed as a freshman isn't welcome so what is the diffrence? Everyone has had their spot in 6th grade everyone goes through it. When you are a new student you surely will be welcomed into the school by classmates. It is welcoming to only Hispanic and African-American because thats the majority around this neighborhood we shouldn't blame them though. This school is just an average school with average problems. Thank You.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 15, 2004

I have taught at the school for two years as I write this review. Fortunately the school administration changed in 2004 and the school is a much more positive place to be. More teaching and learning is going on this year because everyone seems to be on the same team which is a big change compared to last year. Things at Northwest Middle are looking up.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 21, 2004

I actually worked within this school for a few years and was continually dissapointed with the quality of education and the negative environment in the school. There are, of course a handful of good teachers, however, the halls a littered with adults yelling at students and treating them in very negative ways. The thought that came to mind on a daily basis was... if you do not show the students any respect or dignity, why would they give it back? These students can be rough and many do have problems with respecting adults, I do feel that the school administration including the principal are going about meeting this need in the wrong way. It is a very hostile and non-welcoming environment, which comes out in the testing scores- did you see how low they are? If you don't encourage the students' strengths and potential how will they ever become successful?
—Submitted by a staff


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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

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
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

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
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

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

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 Students40%
Female47%
Male33%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income41%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learners11%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students32%
Female35%
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income32%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities35%
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

Math

All Students49%
Female55%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income49%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female44%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income39%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners5%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female69%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income64%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners28%
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 Students36%
Female43%
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income36%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities40%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students38%
Female49%
Male28%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income38%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learners2%
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%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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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 94% 24%
Black 3% 18%
White 2% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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