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Richard Ira Jones Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 920 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted February 10, 2014

I really love this school the teachers there are awesome and cool . I really love there lunch there the lunch there is so good


Posted February 24, 2013

This is my son's first year and I was worried Middle School would be tough. The teachers and staff at Ira Jones have done an amazing job with making the transition smooth. The teachers don't talk down to the kids and really care about the students. My son made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll so far this year and we couldn't be happier with the quality of education he's getting at this excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

my daughter loves the school and I'm glad they have a lot for our students so they can learn. they have a well selected staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2009

this school is amazinggg. great staff, great students. it's 'home away from home'. Pride!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2009

It's an awesome school! I've gone there for awhile and it is great environment to be in. YEAH!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2008

Though there are faculty members of quality, the morale of the teachers is low - this is due to poor administration. There have been an exhorbitant number of transfers and resignations. Rather than gaining ground and building teamwork, this school features uncomfortable silence and dishonesty.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2008

Incredible school. Excellent staff and outstanding administration. Principal, assistant principal, and dean are truly exceptional. I have one son in his third year and another just starting. I feel my children are receiving an excellent education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

I have been very pleased with my son's first year at Ira Jones. He went in scared and unsure and has finished this year with a sense of pride and accomplishment. All his teachers have inspired him as well as his coach. I love the motto of the school 'Failure is not an option' and I love how the staff remind the kids and truly motivate them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

awesome school very clean and cool
—Submitted by a student


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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
Black33%
Asian67%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income40%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female78%
Male69%
Black40%
Asian76%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income46%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities79%
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 Students82%
Female85%
Male79%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial62%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income68%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female73%
Male66%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial69%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income50%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income82%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)65%
Students without disabilities96%
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 Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Black45%
Asian90%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income61%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female75%
Male63%
Black59%
Asian70%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income47%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities73%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 51%
Hispanic 17% 23%
Black 7% 18%
Asian 4% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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