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Mary Lou Cowlishaw Elementary School

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Posted May 5, 2014

My children have been at Cowlishaw for two years. The office staff is super-friendly and the principal is involved. You will always see him outside in the morning at drop-off, and in the afternoon for dismissal. The PTA is large and organized. The teachers are awesome. Both of my children's teachers have been teaching there for 12 years +. One of my children has an IEP, and the team who works with me and for him is engaged, organized, kind and helpful. I know they have my child's best interests at heart. The kids enjoy all of their specials. If you've lived in another district, or another state, as I did, you will recognize the difference. Enjoy your time here because your child belongs to a quality school. I have no complaints. Sure, intramural sports are great, and it was sad to hear some musical instrument programs would have to be cut, but this is just a product of the times. Maybe one day they will be back. I would love to see traditions like Field Day, Student Council, and Safety Patrol come back, but I'll trade that for their quality education and loving teachers. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2014

My son was studying at this school for the three years after we moved from India. The teachers are great and very helpful. I would specially like to mention here Ms. Hillebrand, Mr. Lopez and Ms. Swift. The school has wonderful programs espscially Accelerated reading, Otter creek etc. which most of the nearby schools dont have. The correction is strict and they don't just give you marks if you are wrong. My son was there from 2nd to 4th grade and I absolutely loved their teaching methods, the strict corrections and the school environment in particular. Overall an Excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

This school does not have air conditioning and school remains closed when the temperature increases. I am wondering where my tax dollars are going. Teachers do not seem to be very friendly. My Kid is a Kinder gardener and he is having a hard time to transition to this school from a private pre-kindergarden school as he had told me multiple times that teacher scolds him. This is not the right way to deal with small kids who are just starting the kinder garden year. I am keeping a watch on this and will let the principal know if matters worsen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2011

This is a very good school with lot of emphasis on reading and activities. The teachers are very good too. The cultural diversity is a very good thing for kids to learn about different countries, their people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

My daughter has gone to Cowlishaw for almost three yeras now and I have been very happy with how everything is hanled there. It is a warm and friendly school with top notch teachers and staff who are very responsive to individual needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

My daughter goes to Marylou Cowlishaw. It is a great school. They have a reading program called flooding. Which is superb. They also find out individual needs of the children and challenge them accordingly.
—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.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
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

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students74%
Female76%
Male73%
Black29%
Asian94%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income61%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners47%

Reading

All Students79%
Female88%
Male72%
Black41%
Asian96%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income57%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners47%
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 Students87%
Female89%
Male86%
Black74%
Asian97%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low income80%
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learners70%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female98%
Male86%
Black90%
Asian97%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income89%
Not low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black90%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low income89%
Not low income99%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learners100%
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 Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
Black56%
Asian91%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income61%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female74%
Male69%
Black44%
Asian84%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low income47%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
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

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46%
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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

Above 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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 32% 4%
White 32% 51%
Black 17% 18%
Hispanic 15% 24%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Claudette Walton

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