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Central Intermediate School

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Posted April 3, 2013

my daughter came from another school and required xtra help in reading and math. they tested her and said she didn't . i had her tested and she does. i have to pay someone to tutor her now and they try with the bullying but it doesn't work. the parents of these brats just don't get it. they ruin school for many.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2010

Central has an excellent principal and offers an exceptional D.A.R.E. program. The majority of the teachers are dedicated to the education of their students. There are a few who are less than enthusiastic ,but all in all I am happy with the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

They went through some hard times during the flooding and manage to keep a positive outlook and kept children in school by splitting them into groups and finding temporary placements at local church & Shepherd jr. high school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

My child is doing excellent at Central School. The principal is wonderful and so are her teachers. I wish I could say that for the superintendent. He needs to be replaced! The moral of the school is very low since he came aboard. Hopefully things can change for the better before my other 2 girls start elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2008

excellent communications between staff and parents. Strong teaching staff - great attitude in spades
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

We recently moved into the are and compared to the wealthy school district we just came from, my daughter has made geat strides in the Special Education program at Central school. She is meeting her benchmarks and already has made vast improvement. This program is far more efficient from what was offered in the DuPage area. My daughter, who is in 5th grade, is currently reading at 1:1 reading level, no thanks to the lack of researched based reading instruction at her last school. I was very suprised that a rural school district would have a better SE program than it's weathier counter parts. I guess it all depends on school funding politics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2007

I have had several years of experience with Central school. My son went there for two years and now my daughter does. I didn't have any problems with my son and everything went great. My daughter is a whole other matter. I believe that the teachers are not educated enough to help children with disabilities. Especially children within the Autism Spectrum. I have went around and around with the school to get better help for my child and although the Special Ed. teacher is wonderful, things that should be accomplished aren't being done. I am not saying the school is terrible, I just think the system needs some work, and teachers should treat children with disabilities a little more fairly and with more understanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

In fifth grade, our son never has homework, gets two recesses and a long lunch. The school day is minimally long enough to be within the law. The teacher he has doesn't seem to care. Very poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2004

I am not very happy with the school guidelines, I know the school itself does not make up the rules but I am disturbed that this school has made such an issue on my daughter wearing a nose ring that has been in place all year long. As well as telling my daughter she can not wear makeup. they are making a mountain out of a mole hill. When you have some real issues you need to worry about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

I consider Central Elementary to be a great school. All my four children have gone there. Central School has alot to offer and the kids and their needs are always well attended. It has a very caring principal and she does a great job running the school.
—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.

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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 59% in 2013.

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56%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
69%
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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students56%
Female53%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income44%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female64%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Low income49%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities65%
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%
Female61%
Male55%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracial55%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income40%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female69%
Male50%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income46%
Non-low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities65%
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

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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
White 78% 51%
Hispanic 13% 24%
Black 4% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Jama Wahl

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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711 East McKinley Road
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: (815) 433-3761

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