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GreatSchools Rating

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

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Rating Breakdown
Test score rating5
The test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state. Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.
Student growth rating4
The student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more. This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.
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Facts (and fiction) about school test scores

They're never the whole story, but test scores do offer important information about a school. If you know how to dig deeper.


Test scores

The bar charts below tell what percentage of students are performing at or above grade-level.

Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT)


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About the test

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


Climate

Schools that are well organized, safe, and supportive are much more likely to be successful.

5Essentials Survey from students

The 5Essentials survey measures what students and teachers think and feel about the school.

  Percent agree
Safety around hallways 87%
Students treat each other with respect 57%
Teachers listen to student input 75%
Teachers ask difficult test questions 45%
Source: See notes

5Essentials Survey from teachers

  Percent agree
Teachers and parents are partners in education 76%
Disorder in hallways is rare 52%
Teachers trust each other 71%
Recommend this school to parents 93%
Source: See notes

Survey participation

Respondent group Number
Students 470
Teachers 42
Source: See notes

Sources

5Essentials Survey from students IL State Board of Education, 2012-2013
5Essentials Survey from teachers IL State Board of Education, 2012-2013
Survey participation IL State Board of Education, 2012-2013