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Rock Cut Elementary School

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Posted May 25, 2010

Well when we move from Rockford school district my daughter school Welsh was and old school they got broken into. They won't let you in the school to walk your child to class or even let you talk to the teahers there; I don't know about your child class but my daughter class seem to be passing.Because she had good grades. Also I don't think the school looks run down to me and it seem clean. I am invole in my kids schooling I have a special needs child he goes to Parker Center and they help him alot. He is doing much better. He does drink out a cup now. The only thing I think that needs to work on is the bullying,My daughter gets made fun of every day. I push my child do better we tell her do your best everyday,. I am making sure she is passing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

Supposedly Rock Cut is one of the better elementary schools in the Harlem school district. Unfortunately, that doesn't say much anymore. The school itself is quite rundown and not as clean as it should be. The current principal is retiring and we have yet to hear who the new principal will be for the 2010-2011 school year. The majority of teachers do a good job educating the students, but some need to be more patient with the students. The school has a high low income percentage for the Harlem school district and from what it sounds like in my child's classroom, many students don't pass weekly tests. Of course, the parents need to step it up and push their children to do better. It seems that the parent involvement is lacking in regard to education and in the area of extra cirricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

Hi My daughter is in third grade her teacher is Miss Freehauf and she is doing good with my daughter she lets me know how well she is doing in class. My daughter loves her school. She went to Rockford school and she didn't like it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2007

My daughter has had alot of problems, last year, her first year at Rock Cut. The curriculum was not what I had hoped for. This year, her second year, I am very pleased with the teacher and how she handles my daughter. She regularly let's me know how my daughter is doing in school, this is something the teacher's lacked last year, communication with the parent. My daughter is in Ms. Ragsdale's 3rd grade glass. Ms. Ragsdale is a wonderful teacher. She genuinely cares about the childs learning and it's nice that she updates me on what is going on with my daughter and big thank you for that Ms. Ragsdale!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2005

The principal is wonderful, and cares about the children. The teachers were also very good. Parental involvement is lacking a little.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

This will be my son's third year at Rock Cut. It is one of the better ones in the Harlem School Dist. Some of the teachers need to be a little more patient with some of the students. Overall it is a pretty good school. My son enjoys it. They just need more after school programs for the younger kids. More reading programs for kids that need it.
—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.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
72%

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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

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

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
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

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students35%
Female30%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White35%
Low income21%
Non-low income48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female58%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Low income33%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities52%
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 Students35%
Female35%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Low income25%
Non-low income48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female52%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Low income36%
Non-low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female79%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income75%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
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 Students42%
Female52%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Low income25%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female47%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Low income33%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities50%
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 Students52%
Female39%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income52%
Non-low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female57%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income45%
Non-low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities60%
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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46%
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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 71% 51%
Hispanic 16% 24%
Black 6% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Walter James

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7944 Forest Hills Road
Loves Park, IL 61111
Phone: (815) 654-4506

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