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Herrin C U S D 4 Elementary School

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Posted March 19, 2010

Until this year I have been pleased with the level at which my daughter has been learning at this school. She passed third grade with high honors and above average reading and math skills. Since she has started fourth grade her grades have slipped to barely above failing. I am a very involved parent and help my daughter with her homework everynight. She comes home from school everyday with new homework assignments she does not understand. I spend hours every evening trying to do a teachers JOB. I think if the teachers took more one on one time with the children, especially the ones that need it, instead of passing them off as 'special needs' or 'behavioral' we would have higher test scores in the Williamson County School District. I do NOT reccomend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2007

My son is in second grade at this Great School. I have been wonderfully happy, but surprised, by the education my son is receiving! I have complete open access to his educational needs thanks to his amazing teacher. If I have a concern, the vice-principal is very helpful and shares my concern. The only negative thing I would have to say is the substitute teachers are horrible attitude wise. I have watched my son flourish at this school, and look forward to my daughter entering her second grade year at this school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

I am comcerned about the lack of 'zero Tolerance' in this school, alot of permissable behavior on the playground / recess areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

I am a school caseworker and have been in many schools. This is truly a great school. The principal and vice principal are very nice and the rest of the staff is as well. The students are well behaved and courteous.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted April 3, 2005

If you want your kids to be average, this is a great school district. If you want kids to be able to excel in their own areas of expertise (not just sports), avoid living in Herrin until your kids are in middle school (which is better but still falls a bit short) or wait until the principal is replaced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2004

I have always been pleased with the education that my daughter has received in the Herrin School System. Other reviews have stated that 'location is everything' concerning the treatment of students in the district. My family is a lower income family. We do not live in a remarkable home or drive remarkable cars. However, we do work hard and teach our children the value of hard work. This ideology has aided my daughters (grade 5 and K) in their work habits both at school and at home. I firmly believe that parents are the first teachers and our children's education falls on more than just the school district and the teacher. The only complaint I have would be that there needs to be a larger focus on developing the gifts of students who are not academically gifted. Those gifts are equal to academic acheivement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2004

My son and my daughter both attend this facility. I do not, nor have I for a while, believe that my children have been properly attended at this school. I very highly believe that it stems from where they live. It is a well known fact that to the Herrin community location is everything. I am not one of those mothers who believes that her child should get 1oo% attention from the teacher, but I do belive that there should have been some kind of interference played from the start in what is going on right now. Nothing was said to me until one week before final grades were to be tallied. The thought seems to be, 'There are 450 students, letting one slip through the cracks is no biggie.' Well, this one happens to be mine. I would strongly recommend home schooling if this school is your absolute and only option.
—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

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
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

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
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 Students53%
Female51%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income50%
Not low income59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female65%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income54%
Not low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities65%
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 Students49%
Female49%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Low income41%
Not low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female60%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income43%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low income79%
Not low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
Students without disabilities88%
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 Students50%
Female50%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Low income41%
Not low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female63%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Low income52%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities72%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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

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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 91% 51%
Black 4% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hispanic 1% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Andrew Shelby

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5200 Herrin Road
Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: (618) 942-2744

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