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Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 586 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted February 5, 2014

I have two children with IEPs. For my daughter who has a medical diagnosis (even though none of the team really knows anything about fetal alcohol syndrome), getting the IEP and services wasn't so difficult. For my son, who has finally been classified as LD, it has been much more difficult. He and I were blamed for 3.5 years for his difficulties - he needs to read more, if only he would pay attention he'd do much better, and so one. Didn't matter if I had legal counsel with me or not. I hope that it will finally be better now - now that they have finally understood that he struggles with LD and everything is just as difficult for him as it is for his sister.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

I am a parent to two children at this school and Ben Franklin does an excellent job in educating my children. They have a varied curriculum and have both an accelerated program and extra help for those who need it. I have had experience with both and can not say enough good things about each of the programs (advanced, main, and extra help). I feel that the school does an excellent job of creating a great learning environment and helping the parents and other family members feel part of the school community as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2012

Ben Franklin is an amazing school with wonderful, compassionate staff. My children receive tremendous support and I'm so glad we moved to this building. Definitely the best elementary school in Glen Ellyn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2012

there is a reason why this school does so well in statewide test comparisons. they have a well researched, top notch curriculum with teachers that care deeply about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

I agree with the reviewer below who said the school lacks the ability to teach each child as an individual. Even with small class size, my children are not getting the attention they need to be reaching their potential. My two children were working well-above average before attending Ben Franklin. One of the kids who was doing above-average work has been flagged this year as needing extra help in reading but the choice was to either be placed in a low reading group where all of the students were performing way below him or being in the classroom, sitting waiting for help if he can't figure out a word. First and second graders, in a class of twenty kids to one teacher need some hand holding at times. Seems there are no extra hands to hold here. Very disappointed in our school and we moved to Glen Ellyn for the schools. We were totally scammed. Whoever wrote the review dated 9/18/2009 must be a real estate agent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

This school lacks the ability to teach each child as an individual. The teachers, administration and support staff all cite their lack of overcrowding as reasons for not being able to support the individual needs of each child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Ben Franklin is touted as being one of the best in Glen Ellyn for good reason. Great teachers. Realtors use getting into Ben Franklin as a reason to buy property in that district!
—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

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
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

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

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

All Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female93%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
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 Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income73%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Low income82%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students99%
Female97%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Low income100%
Not low income99%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities99%
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 Students92%
Female96%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low income50%
Not low income99%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female90%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income29%
Not low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities93%
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%
of schools in the state are Below average
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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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 82% 51%
Hispanic 7% 24%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
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