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Harvard Jr High School

Public | 6-8 | 501 students

 
 

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Posted July 17, 2011

This school (and all district 50 schools) is currently being investigated by the Feds because the superintendent - who is also the head of the special education program, which is a violation in and of itself - went in and changed IEPs without consent of the parents or even notifying other teachers. She said it was because they couldn't afford staffings. Sounds more like laziness to me! @Ariana: I'm glad you like this school, but sweetie, it has a LONG way to go to catch up academically! (Hint: Check your spelling before posting.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2006

Lets be honest, all the district 50 schools are in need. Every year we hear rumors for this program or that program being cut due to lack of funds. With that said, District 50 also has a lot of potential. With the right management and people being held accountable for the students performance on state testing, our children can really go far in life and accomplish their dreams. Harvard Junior High was easy for my children to adjust to, being a new school, and the whole 'junior high' thing, transferring classes, being more independent. The teachers in the junior high really push for the students to do their best and expect them to live up to their potential. The school is a safe environment for children to learn and be taught. The teachers there easy to talk to and to get ahold of, if you need to discuss something.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2005

The Harvard Junior High School is good in academic programs. I am not good at math so my teacher gives me extra help in math after school. I always learn new thing each year, and we hav pretty much every sport except Tennis and golf.We also have dances and incentive trips do the movies;the 8th graders get to go to Springfield and to the Cub's game. When we have assemblies about 50% of he parents go.
—Submitted by a student


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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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
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

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
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

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students37%
Female34%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Low income34%
Non-low income44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities39%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students33%
Female34%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income28%
Non-low income45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities34%
English language learners0%
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 Students31%
Female30%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income24%
Non-low income47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities35%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female50%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income36%
Non-low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female77%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income71%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners32%
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 Students53%
Female47%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income49%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners3%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students41%
Female39%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Low income37%
Non-low income49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners0%
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
Hispanic 55% 23%
White 42% 51%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1301 Garfield Road
Harvard, IL 60033
Phone: (815) 943-6466

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