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M J Cunningham Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 688 students

 

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Posted September 27, 2011

I recently moved into the area and I am beyond impressed with the school. My daughter's fourth grade teacher(Ms.Timms) as well as the other 4th grade teacher's are beyond helpful with any questions, comments or concerns I may have. I am able to speak to administration also in the same regard. So far, I am delighted with the community and the assistance we have received. We haven't seen an behavioral issues from other students and my daughter does come home very day with good news as far as her communication and relationships with fellow students so good news so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

I think the teachers really are the best part of this school. They are excellent. I have had good experiences with my kid's special needs being met at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

What a ridiculous comment that there are too many Mexicans at the school! And even the secretary speaks Spanish?? Isn t this an accommodation that the school is providing so that they can reach out to their Spanish speaking parents and students? I think that it is wonderful!! The population of a school does not determine the quality of it. Many factors play a role this. The teachers and staff at Cunningham are dedicated individuals who care about their students. Academic excellence is a top priority at the school. Diversity is a beautiful thing that students need to be exposed to and learn about! Cunningham embraces this and is a terrific school because of it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

I love Cunningham because my granddaughter just started kindergarten there and she loves it and is learning so much so quickly. I don't believe Cunningham is a school that has a lot of money but they are dedicated and have a great staff. I went to the Orientation with my daughter and granddaughter and was very impressed with the principal and her teacher. Her teacher's mom was even there and I got to talk to her. My granddaughter comes home from school excited to show us what she did in school but also during the evening she draws and writes her letters. I am amazed by all she's been doing in just a couple of weeks. Her teacher is incredible!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2009

Just because the school has many Hispanics , doesn't make it a terrible school. For the parent below me , I am Mexican. And if you don't like that there is many Hispanic children at the school, then transfer your child to another school, its not that hard. I believe that Cunningham gives a good education and it has great teachers. It all falls on the student, if they wanna receive the good education or just mess around .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2009

to many mexicans even the secratary speeks spanish
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

My son was in Kindergarden at this school and his teach did a WONDERFUL job
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2007

I placed my children in this school for the fact that it was only 1 block from home. It was the biggest mistake. My child (and other children) had been picked on at this school by the same bullies, over and over. Despite several requests to speak to the principal, she never had time to see me in the two years my child was there. Complaints to the school were made, but no diciplinary action was ever made on the bullies. I would not recommend this school to anyone who cares and loves thier children.
—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.

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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

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
58%
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

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
64%
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

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
64%
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%
Female42%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income39%
Non-low income26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learners20%

Reading

All Students33%
Female45%
Male21%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income34%
Non-low income26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities34%
English language learners18%
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%
Female52%
Male35%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Low income43%
Non-low income44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners24%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students40%
Female48%
Male32%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income36%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female73%
Male61%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income68%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners35%
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 Students30%
Female33%
Male29%
Black8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Low income33%
Non-low income19%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities35%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students33%
Female40%
Male27%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Low income33%
Non-low income31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities39%
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 70% 23%
Black 12% 18%
White 12% 51%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Ms. Maria Arroyo

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