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Blackhawk Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 295 students

 

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Posted October 17, 2010

They do so much for the kids. It has good teachers and its nice.


Posted March 11, 2009

This is the best School in District 145, the principal, and techers really care about these students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

Blackhawk School is only one of 21 schools in the State of Illinois who has been honored by the Illinois State Board of Education with the Illinois Spotlight School Award for three consecutive years. You can't get any better than that. Under the leadership of Principal Donna Benton, Blackhawk has been raised to be a school of excellence and the State of Illinois thinks so as well. Mrs. Benton respects her teachers, staff, students and parents and has been nominated for the ISBE Those Who Excel Award. Blackhawk students are achieving when statistically they shouldn't. That comes through great leadership, not by accident. This school is doing wonderful things for it's students, and the teachers and principal are to thank.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2005

I just want to say that I feel that Blackhawk school is a very good elementary school. The teachers there are awesome with the students. My daughter attended Blackhawk from 2nd to 4th grade. In first grade she was at Empire and I feel that she was better off in Blackhawk. The teachers there are more caring and understanding of the children with emotional problems and work to help them. I want to thank all of the Teachers for everything that they did to help my daughter. Especially Mrs. Tegtmeyer and Ms. Krall. Thank you very much and keep up the good work that you do for all of you students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2005

The teachers at this school are outstanding dedicated and often give there own time and money to help students succeed. I feel this is one of the better schools in freeport. The one drawback on the school is it's principal who talks about her qualifications and often starts unrest between parents and teachers. Test scores have improved a great deal in the last 5 yrs however that has more to do with the teachers than the schools pricipal. I myself have realized with older children who have attended Blackhawk that they are better prepared than kids coming from other elementary schools in the district. Kudos for the TEACHERS at Blackhawk, Hang in there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2004

This school is by far not my primary choice. Based on our experience as parents, we feel that we received no help to enhance our child's education in anyway. In fact, we feel that our child's education was set back just by going to this school. There only solution to the 'so-called' problems that their students have is either to stick them in special education, hold them back a year, or medicate them. To me, this seems like a way out for them. Our child shut down and shut out the world.
—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 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%

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

All Students39%
Female24%
Male52%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income38%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learners42%

Reading

All Students35%
Female28%
Male41%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income36%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learners25%
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%
Female50%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Low income48%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female48%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Low income49%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female69%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Low income71%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities73%
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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26%
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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

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Reading growth at this school

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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
White 43% 51%
Hispanic 24% 24%
Black 19% 18%
Two or more races 14% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Donna Benton

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1401 South Blackhawk Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: (815) 232-0490

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