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William J Butler School

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4 stars

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Posted January 17, 2014

Butler is a wonderful school to send your child. All the teachers I have encountered have been simply magnificent. A all around great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2012

I am not sure how this school is now but I went here for two years 3rd &4th grade when I was a child (I am now 20 years old with a baby girl :) ) I enjoyed LUTHER J SCHILLING more than this school as a child. Kids in Butler were awful and mean and teachers didn't do anything about it unless someone got hurt! I will NEVER forget the schools assistant principal ( I believe that is what she was ) She scared us kids with her spiky short hair and her yelling and grabbing of us! She accused my parents of abusing me and nearly got me taken away from my LOVING family! I then had her as a assistant at my high school at Sandburg, I will never forget her or forgive her for what I went through the school should take better attention to who they hire and pay more attention to bullying! I cant count how many times I was trampled on in PE by kids that teased me all day everyday!! The only teacher that was of quality was Mrs. Barney even though I am sure she retired the year after i was in 4th grade. She made me realize how important school was... I will never forget you Mrs. Barney! <3
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2012

I am not sure how this school is now but I went here for two years 3rd &4th grade when I was a child (I am now 20 years old with a baby girl :) ) I enjoyed LUTHER J SCHILLING more than this school as a child. Kids in Butler were awful and mean and teachers didn't do anything about it unless someone got hurt! I will NEVER forget the schools assistant principal ( I believe that is what she was ) She scared us kids with her spiky short hair and her yelling and grabbing of us! She accused my parents of abusing me and nearly got me taken away from my LOVING family! I then had her as a assistant at my high school at Sandburg, I will never forget her or forgive her for what I went through the school should take better attention to who they hire and pay more attention to bullying! I cant count how many times I was trampled on in PE by kids that teased me all day everyday!! The only teacher that was of quality was Mrs. Barney even though I am sure she retired the year after i was in 4th grade. She made me realize how important school was... I will never forget you Mrs. Barney! <3
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

This is an amazing school with an incredible teaching staff. The teachers truly care about their students and make every day a great experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

So far my son has gone to the hospital and was insulted in front of the class, I'm not impressed!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2010

My daughter is in 4th grade and has been at Butler since Kindergarten. She has had great, dedicated teachers every year. All of her teachers have done their best to keep her challenged in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

Top notch staff handle secrity issues very seriously (important these days). Lots of homework for kids. Very impressed with how fast my third grader has progressed since K. Can't wait to send my twins there next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

This is an absolute wonderful school from the secretary to the principal. I have 4 children and have experienced public as well as private education as a parent. My son has struggled academically with a speech problem and he has made a tremendous amount of progress due to the dedication of the teachers at this school. This is a top notch school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2008

The teachers and principal are all wonderful. I couldn't ask for a better environment for my children. The only negative thing is the overcrowding, which hopefully will be taken care of with the next referendum vote.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

This is a great school! In 2005 we had to move out of state and it appears that we always use Butler as a bench mark to compare our current experiences. I miss the staff and adminstrators and long to return to the area for the type of education our daughters could be earning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

We love Butler School! The teachers are all wonderful and get the kids engaged, and the Principal does a great job leading the school. Only complain is the annual equalization by class size' rule 33C has in effect. It seems that the majority of the district goes to Butler, no matter where they live. Almost like they want the students from the big, new houses to go to the new school. The PTO does a great job organizing events and the art parents are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2007

In think that the school is well run by the staff and the administration. They really take their time to help each student as an individual. The only gripe I have is the school secretary, Stacy. She is always frowning and makes parents (yes even the parents) feel unwelcome when they come to pick up their own children. If Butler wants to gain better face value, they should consider having a people person run the front desk.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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64%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
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

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students64%
Female68%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income40%
Not low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female79%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income60%
Not low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities80%
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 Students73%
Female65%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income82%
Not low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female73%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income82%
Not low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female92%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income100%
Not low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)87%
Students without disabilities95%
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

Above 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
White 83% 51%
Hispanic 11% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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