The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.
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|The test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state. Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.|
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|The student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more. This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.|
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Facts (and fiction) about school test scores
They're never the whole story, but test scores do offer important information about a school. If you know how to dig deeper.
The bar charts below tell what percentage of students are performing at or above grade-level.
Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT)
Showing results for all students
About the test
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
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