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Jefferson Elementary School

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Posted June 6, 2014

My experience with CUSD 50 was positive until my child moved to Jefferson. We were met with problem after problem, communicated with the appropriate people, and not one issue was ever resolved. I am now looking into alternatives that I can't really afford because my child doesn't feel respected, heard, or safe. Teachers are mostly fantastic but their hands are tied by poorly implemented policies. Discipline is mostly non-existent and poorly behaved students are constantly rewarded while the well-behaved ones are basically ignored. This school has been on AWS for too long. Something needs to change. I'm not alone. I have heard from several parents who are completely dissatisfied with CUSD 50; Jefferson, and the Junior High most specifically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

I am the grandmother of a student that is constantly being bullied at this school. It has been going on since October and is still happening. My son and daughter-in-law get nowhere with the principle or the administrator. I would like to hear from other parents regarding this issue. If your children are getting bullied call me at 773-754-0165 or 773-501-0814. I am getting this issue in the spotlight. i want to know how many other kids are going thru this terrible situation.


Posted May 14, 2011

It is very easy to homeschool! Google Illinois H.O.U.S.E and they have all the information you need to get started. If your child is alredy in school, all you need to do is send a simple letter that you are withdrawing your child. The website has the letter you need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

It's a sad day when you see the teachers as discouraged as the parents. We in the mist of learning what it's going to take to Home school our children. When signs are both in Spanish and English, I see that as a problem. It's a sad state and it's not going to get any better but worse. It's not worth the effort to fight the status quo. If you want your child dumbed down this is the place for you. It's not the teachers it's the system..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

My children our native english speakers and I put them in the Dual Langauge program to be taught spanish as well. My son is now in 3rd and my daughter is in 1st. They both are straight A students and this program is a blessing. The normal classroom curiculum may not be as good. I'm not sure,but this gifted program is awesome. Although as a parent you must be willing to be involved with homework because there tends to be a lot sometimes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

I'll make this short. Rules are hardly enforced. Homelogic system isn't implemented by every teacher, teacher's seem annoyed when updates are requested, however they are quick to respond to email. I've talked with the teachers (via phone, email, and in person) regarding 2 issues countless times throughout the year and issues were not resolved. I would have achieved the same result talking to a brick wall. I have 2 toddlers at home, therefore do not have the opportunity to attend PTG, field trips, etc. The tolerance for nonsense (bullying in particular) in this school is unbearable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

Having been on every side of this issue, I'm going to throw my two cents in. Academic (not acedemic) achievement results from teacher, administration, community, student and PARENTAL involvement. Thus far, the parents are the weakest link here. Our PTG just closed shop in the middle of the school year at Jefferson! Parents who complain the loudest are usually the ones who help the least. Teachers can only work with students whose parents support education, including homework. The attitude in this district is sad, but having been on every side of this issue, I'd say the parents are the reason for most of this towns' educational problems. Sorry, parents, I'm one too, and I'm ashamed of our involvement in the district, the classroom, and in our own student's education. Considering the huge problems rooted in socioeconomic and cultural issues, our students will only do as well as their parents are involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

I have to agree with the review posted on 2-22-06 it is now 4-1-09 and the circumstances have not changed. My child is also 7 and this school system encourages and supports the Spanish speaking community and academics more than English. Any activity outside of standard gym and music is extracurricular and costs more and more every year. This is a huge disadvantage for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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34%

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53%

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Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

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71%

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75%

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75%

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68%
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.

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39%

2012

 
 
73%

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68%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
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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%
Female33%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Low income27%
Not low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities40%
English language learners9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students34%
Female36%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Low income24%
Not low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners2%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female73%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income63%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learners45%
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 Students39%
Female38%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Low income33%
Not low income49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities41%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female43%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income37%
Not low income52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners3%
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
Hispanic 63% 24%
White 36% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 18%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1200 North Jefferson Street
Harvard, IL 60033
Phone: (815) 943-6464

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