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Washington Jr High & Academy Prgm

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Posted August 29, 2009

This is the beginning of my 6th grade year in the academy program. I love it! We all get laptops, and the teachers are so sincere. This is definitley someplace I would love to spend my next two years in!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

I love this school, I am in the academy progam and the after school activities are so cool. The teachers are great and so is the school(ms.paul u rock)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2006

As a former alumni of WJHS this particular school needs more improvement regarding providing essential needs for the school. For example books are limited therefore kids have to share or the teachers have to make copies for each student which takes away the learning time for each student. The new principal lacks communication regarding addressing parental issues and concerns, when a problem should arrise from the parent/student. As for activities, the music program has been around for years, but it is not as successful as in the past. Meaning, this school could use additional activities to keep kids off the streets. Also, there is a great need of new plumbing, because kids have stated that the drinking water taste like rotten eggs with a yellow color, so this is a potential hazard issue. We need parent involvemnt so that issues like the above can be prevented and improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

Washington had a completely new staff this year -- from principal to most of the teachers. The changes in the school are wonderful. The principal is a leader and is in touch with the community's needs. However, there are still very few activities outside of the music program and sports for the children to participate in.
—Submitted by a teacher


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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

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

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

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

All Students45%
Female52%
Male37%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracial58%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income38%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female49%
Male34%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income35%
Not low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
Students without disabilities49%
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 Students58%
Female60%
Male57%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income53%
Not low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female55%
Male48%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income45%
Not low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female76%
Male68%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income67%
Not low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities79%
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 Students51%
Female54%
Male49%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income44%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female50%
Male42%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income40%
Not low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities53%
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

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
Black 41% 18%
Hispanic 37% 24%
White 16% 51%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Michael Latting

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