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Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 277 students

 

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Posted October 6, 2007

This school is the best school. Great teachers wonderful children. Mrs.Greenwell is my childs student and she is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2007

Ben Franklin is by far the best school in District 61 . Great teachers, respectful students. They keep the kids in line with the rules. Teachers are great with one on one with the students. Some of the staff and teachers have been there so long its like a family school. And You feel like family too. We love Ben Franklin School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2004

I have 2 children presently in Ben Franklin. Both of my older 2 also attended this school but have moved on to Jr. High and High School. I myself, attended Ben Franklin and was extremely excited when I seen more than half of my teachers still teaching kids today. I do beleive that we have severe problems with the ratio of students to teacher and something needs to be done about this. It seems as though it gets worse each year. However, this is not the fault of the school, only the school district. The teachers at this school are wonderful. I would have never put my children into Decatur Public Schools unless they were able to attend only Franklin. This school tries its hardest to be a family oriented school. I am extremely proud to say that my children received the start of their education at Franklin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2003

I have two sons in B. Franklin Elementary in Decatur, & it has been the only school both of them have been in so far. My oldest is in 5th grade my youngest is in 2nd. I do like the school and the teachers, it has been really great up to now, but this year I do have one problem. Both of my boys have been put into split classes, by that I mean they are in 4/5 th grade & 2/3 grades. They don't have their own class and I think it is not only harder for the teachers but it has to be hard on the students as well. My 5th grader was sad the first day, he thought he was held back because he ended up with the same teacher he had in the 4th grade. It isn't fair for anyone. The classes are too big too! Where are the funds for the teachers? They said it will only be temporary but even 3 weeks is too long for my liking.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
50%
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

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
54%
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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students32%
Female36%
Male29%
Black9%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income31%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students36%
Female36%
Male35%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White39%
Low income31%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/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 Students27%
Female33%
Male22%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Low income24%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students29%
Female33%
Male25%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Low income23%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female67%
Male54%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Low income56%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
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 Students23%
Female17%
Male26%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White18%
Low income21%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students23%
Female25%
Male21%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White9%
Low income17%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a
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 Students32%
Female19%
Male41%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income32%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students26%
Female25%
Male27%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income27%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 45% 18%
White 44% 51%
Two or more races 10% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 23%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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2440 North Summit Avenue
Decatur, IL 62526
Phone: (217) 424-3272

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