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Whittier Primary School

Public | PK-4 | 417 students

 

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Posted September 22, 2013

First rate teaching and wonderful children in this excellent West Bluff school. Our children have thrived here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2010

This site's number one rule is that names of individuals should not be used...the site _says_ it won't post them. But there you see names named and really unfair labels applied. Do we blame the ungenerous and bitter parent who ignored the site's protocols (Hey mom, even a great school can't get all the economically gifted kids into Washington!)? or the site for not following its own policies? I say, "you rock, Principal A!"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

Sadly, I have noticed a decrease in teacher motivation, and parent satisfaction, since the new principal took over. Mrs. Andrews does not appear to have the neutrality, professionalism and leadership skills her predecessor had, and it's apparent in the school on a daily basis. Dr. Kherat INSPIRED these children (and parents), Mrs. Andrews is simply an administrator. I fear that Whittier will not be a blue ribbon school much longer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

This is an awesome school that I would definetly recomend to other parents


Posted September 4, 2007

Fantastic school led by a wonderful and caring Principal. The best public school I have seen and even better than many private and Catholic schools. Students are challenged but also supported in there learning. Teachers all seem to care about the children. Discipline problems are rare, the students seem motivated! I was chess coach last year, but my chessplayer is moving on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2005

I think it would be a shame to have Whittier closed. This is a Blue Ribbon School with a great staff and wonderful students. Please save our school from closing.
—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

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%

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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
61%
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 Students37%
Female34%
Male41%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income23%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female47%
Male43%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income35%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities50%
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 Students26%
Female20%
Male30%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Low income22%
Non-low income41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students41%
Female40%
Male42%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income32%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female49%
Male64%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low income50%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities63%
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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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below 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
Black 46% 18%
White 38% 51%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Hispanic 4% 24%
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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  • Mr. Doug Atkins

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1619 West Fredonia Avenue
Peoria, IL 61606
Phone: (309) 672-6569

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