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Nathan Hale Elementary School

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Posted March 1, 2010

The students could use less time out of school, fewer incidence of substitute teachers when a teacher is on leave, and more integration of classroom activities between above average students and average students,.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2009

This school has a great reading progam.The teachers used the block system.However,the new principal allowed a teacher to only give the required words (word wall)and some spelling words.The reason the kids could not pass the test with all the words.The kids that were at grade level were not challenged.I feel you should not lower your standards.Bring your students up to grade level.This was my experience with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2008

I am very pleased with the teachers however I am concerned about the extra curricular activites or lack there of, Also they rate low if your child needs extra attention i.e speech
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2006

Overall, I'm impressed with the school, but I truly hope the administration seeks a couple of male teachers, so the young men can have some male figure/role model.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2006

Great school it is very good for your children I once was a student there.the teachers and staff really work with your children I liked being a student at nathan hale. I had a learning disabilty the one ld teacher is very helpful and great woman.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 25, 2005

My twins were in kindergarten last year. I volunteered just about every Tuesday. I love the teacher they had Miss Zelanik. My kids have come along way from when they started. The major differences I've seen have been with the kids you can tell get help at home and the ones that don't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2005

I'm impressed with the academic programs, but they need to hire a few male teachers. The boys need to see a few men in teaching roles and not just maintenance roles. Also,some men are more tolerant than women and hiring a few men will lessen the disciplinary issues. The school needs to offer more extracurricular activities. The school has a strong PTA. The PTA does a lot for the school. There is a high level of parent involvement. Overall, I am satisfied with sending my child to Nathan Hale.
—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.

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33%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
70%
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

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

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

All Students33%
Female35%
Male31%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income33%
Not low income30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities34%
English language learners33%

Reading

All Students47%
Female55%
Male42%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income47%
Not low income48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners27%
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 Students60%
Female60%
Male60%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income59%
Not low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners36%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female60%
Male48%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income56%
Not low income45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners36%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female80%
Male85%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income82%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learners82%
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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26%
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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

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
Black 70% 18%
Hispanic 20% 24%
Two or more races 6% 3%
White 3% 51%
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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  • Ms. Cynthia Castaneda

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19055 Burnham Avenue
Lansing, IL 60438
Phone: (708) 895-3030

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