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Empire Elementary School

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Posted April 19, 2014

M ychildren's school is family friendly as I notice the staff take time to get to know the families that attend. The school strives for academic excellence, keeping parents well informed of the ongoing activities for each month. The school is looking to improve its technology in each classroom, using promethean (smart) boards and has been funded by the Public School Fund Foundation and the wonderful PTO. Digital projectors are also being used and as technology is the wave of the future, this school is diving in but could use more financial assistance. The teachers work well as a team as a whole and at each grade level. Along with getting technology in each class, the school could use new playground equipment. The current playground equipment has not been replaced and some items there are from the 1970s (no joke!).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

My grandson's school is cheerful...his teacher is very uplifting and positive and very likeable and his room is very inviting. He loves school (1st grade) and I hope he stays motivated. He loves to read!


Posted December 6, 2012

teachers are amazing! daughter who is 5 and has ADHD every school she went to in iowa couldnt take the time to work with her. once she moved here she has learned ALOT and came farther in a month then the 2-3 months of school in iowa. she is back to loving school and her friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

Good school. My daughter is in the multi-age classrooms, and has the capability to learn things at the third grade level when she was in first grade. This was something that I knew she would be able to handle - because she learns quick and seems to get bored. The teacher takes her time and teaches the children with much passion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

My children had excellent teachers and I think they received an excellent education while students here. They have a multiage program for children in grades 1-3 - the child keeps the same teacher for all three years ... resulting in the teacher knowing the student(s) very well, and the students become very supportive of one another. They have an excellent chorus for 3rd and 4th graders. Parents are very involved at this 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 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
95%
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

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

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

All Students61%
Female55%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income61%
Non-low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female59%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income55%
Non-low income55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
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 Students44%
Female39%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Low income40%
Non-low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female78%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income58%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female95%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income76%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities89%
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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46%
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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
White 69% 51%
Black 14% 18%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Hispanic 5% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms. Angela Sopko

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1325 West Empire Street
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: (815) 232-0380

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