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Mark W Bills Middle School

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Posted January 20, 2008

Lack of continuity of day to day education is a concern due to the poor daily attendance by teachers. My child has a sub at lease twice weekly and at times none of the regular teachers have attended school on the same day. Portiion of teachers are very quick to blame students and parents for issues that arise and are reluctant to take any responsibilty for their shortcomings. We are looking at private schools and interestingly have been told at 3 of the 4 interviewed that they have heard similar complaints from the parents of children who have already transferred from this school to theirs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2007

We believe the school is an excellent one. The teachers are talented and caring. The principal is very fair and accessible. The student population is diverse which we believe is a real plus in today's world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

Discipline problems run rampant here and interfere with schoolwork. A good disciplinary program is in place but is mostly ineffective and not consistently carried out. There are very good, caring teachers and a good principle but discipline problems seem to override their overall efforts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

Excellent Principle, fair & in control of school. Staff is well respected. Good test scores compared to others in Dist. 150. Good sports & extraciricular programs.
—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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
66%

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

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%
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

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
79%
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

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

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 Students38%
Female36%
Male40%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Low income36%
Non-low income42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female39%
Male40%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Low income31%
Non-low income54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities46%
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 Students28%
Female18%
Male33%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White35%
Low income22%
Non-low income38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students38%
Female59%
Male25%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income24%
Non-low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities43%
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 Students37%
Female32%
Male44%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income24%
Non-low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female32%
Male65%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income29%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female48%
Male78%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income53%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
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 Students43%
Female56%
Male32%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White36%
Low income46%
Non-low income39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female52%
Male44%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Low income43%
Non-low income54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
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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28%
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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 50% 18%
White 33% 51%
Two or more races 14% 3%
Hispanic 4% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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