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L E Starke Elementary School

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Posted November 7, 2011

This is my first experience working in K-3 environment. I am overwhelmed with the warm welcome that I have received since joining Starke School's staff in 2009. Everyone in this school truly cares about each child and their educational needs as well as personal needs. It has been such a heartwarming experience for me to work with these incredible teachers. I am proud to be a part of L. E. Stark School and to get to know our kids and their families! God bless.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 8, 2009

After reading the reviews below, I have to wonder what school my child is attending. This has been one of the most god awful experiences I've had in a long time. The principal has never been friendly and has never acknowledged my child when we walk into the school. He almost acts as if he's superior. A couple of the teachers I've encountered haven't been much better. The only person I have found to be friendly is Mrs. Preston, the schools secretary. We will probably also be looking into a private school. Too bad we didn't go to the same school that everyone else did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2008

We LOVE Starke! My daughter is in first grade this year at Starke, after attending Jefferson last year. From day one, the staff, teachers, and principle have been completely wonderful! They really care and show it everyday. The principle greets each child by name almost every morning. There is always staff all around, making us feel like it is a safe and loving environment. The teacher is awesome! She has excellent communication, by email, in person, or by notes. Our daughter loves school this year and is a little behind after having an awful year at Jefferson. The teacher has helped us and our daughter to find what fits for her. She is getting the extra help that she needs, like during school reading groups and after school tutoring by one of the teachers. The principle is super wonderful, he really cares about his students! We LOVE STARKE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2008

Two of my children have attended LE Starke and a third will be there in a few years. It is a wonderful school with a terrific Principal, Stan Fitzanko, and great teachers. We have been blessed with Jill Vertrees, Barb George, Morgan Belcher and Heather Knight. If you move to Pekin, I highly recommend LE Starke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2007

My daughter attended Starke for 3 years. It was the most horrific academic experience a child could have. She is in private school now and doing well with a 'B' average.
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Posted April 22, 2005

My husband and I feel that L E Starke is the best Primary School in Pekin. Our child had Mrs. Smith for Kindergarten and now Mrs. Krohn for 1st Grade - 2 exceptional teachers! We are very pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

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

All Students66%
Female57%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income52%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female75%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income65%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 51%
Hispanic 3% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1610 Holiday Drive
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: (309) 477-4714

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