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Kellar Primary School

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Posted February 9, 2013

Both of my children attend Kellar, and our experience has been very positive. The principal, Mr, Turner, is actively involved with each student and school-wide activities. The teachers have been top notch as well. I agree with a previous comment that the facilities don't look like much, but the academic content is solid. Parent involvement is high. The carnival at the school tonight proves that--it seemed like every family attended. We thought about moving to Dunlap for their "better" schools, but I see no justification to pay so much more in property taxes. I also find value in my kids' exposure to a diverse environment. This interaction at an early age prepares them for a lifetime of understanding, awareness, and confidence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2012

My daughter is going into the 3rd grade this year at Kellar. We really love it!It is culturally diverse, challenging ciriculum and a very commited staff and principal. The parents are very, very involved with classrooms and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

Without a doubt, the best school in Dist 150. Kellar competes with other schools in quality with surrounding communities like Dunlap, Morton or local private schools. What I like about Kellar that the others can not touch is the ethnic diversity . Kellar's test scores are high, great staff that do not turn over, an active PTO and great parental involvement. Like any school, if your child has special needs, you need to advocate for your child,(one of my children is one) but I have not yet found the school to be unreasonable when approached about issues pertaining to his schooling. I would highly recommend and tell parents not to be scared off by the rest of the district's lack of progress!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

Everyone is so involved. It seems like there is always some picnic or after school acitivity for the whole family. I like that parents are so hands-on and the teachers are friendly to warm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

Both of my daughters attend Kellar (k and 1st grade) and I love the school! The district itself is lacking in many ways but, Kellar doesn't seem to affected by this! My oldest went to another 150 school for k and this school is 100 times better! The parent involvement is wonderful and the teachers and so caring and you can tell they are proud of their school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

I am not all that impressed with Kellar this year. My son is in the second grade & we are having problems. My son has ADHD & ODD & the school is fighting with me about getting him tested for extra help. To me that should be there top priority but it isnt! More than likely my child will not be attending Kellar after this year. Dist 150 as a whole is a HORRIBLE dist. if you can send your children to another dist do it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

Keller does a wonderful job with its students! I have had 2 children attend, and they recived a great education. The teachers and principal go out of their way to help and teach students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2006

Kellar Primary is a great school. Having had my children in private school, we switched to Kellar and enjoy the diversity that it offers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

The best public primary school in Peoria. Has the highest test scores of any school in the District. Teachers at Kellar stay at Kellar. Most have been there for many years, lots of experience. Children who attend Kellar have the best chance for being selected to test and attend Washington Gifted Middle School, the best Middle School in the State of Illinois. Very friendly school, with a wonderful principal, Ken Turner (whose own children attend the school). Safe area. The facilities don't look like much, but the the academics are excellent. Very involved PTO. Although the school district is strapped for cash, Kellar Kids don't want for anything. Private schools in the area can't compete with Kellar. Nor can Dunlap. If you can arrange it, Kellar is definitely the school you want your kids to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

Excellent academics and high teacher expectations. Very limited extracurricular activities, average music and art. High parent involvement.
—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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55%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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66%

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89%

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89%

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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

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 Students55%
Female60%
Male52%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income36%
Not low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female77%
Male59%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income48%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities76%
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 Students72%
Female71%
Male72%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income54%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female74%
Male64%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income50%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female90%
Male83%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Low income79%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
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

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 56% 51%
Black 25% 18%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Hispanic 3% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Kendall D Turner

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6413 North Mount Hawley Road
Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: (309) 693-4439

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