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Washington Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 626 students

 

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Posted August 5, 2004

I just had a daughter that went to Washington as a 8th grader for the 03-04 school year and I agree that Washington is on a low income budget but it is made up for by the teachers and the enjoyment at the school. Sure some of the teachers aren't all that great, but there are many that reach out to the students, spend their lunch time with them, and talk to them out side of school. They are wonderful people and the school is a learning experience. There is one teacher there in the 8th grade who has turned down countless job offers to go teach at better and more income schools, but she enjoys the students at Washington and loves working there. That right there proves that Washington may be a poor school, but they do teach and give good learning experiences on life. And they have started to discipline better recently over the past 3 years I've seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2004

I rate this school as a bust. I have had 2 daughters go there. This school is located in a very low income neighborhood. The administration at this school is very intimidated by certain racial groups. I have seen first hand how this works & have been attacked with their reversed racism. Washington Middle School is a not so good place to have your children going. The Administration is scared out of their wits to confront any problems occurring from a minority group of kids. The old double standard falls in line real quick. As far as cirriculum goes, they have the average school classes & some, but very few, good teachers. There are some teachers who scream at students & point out their faults thru a whole period. What ever happened to take a negative & make it a positive? The Administration as a whole should try harder.
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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

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
69%
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

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students33%
Female37%
Male30%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial39%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income31%
Not low income45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students27%
Female33%
Male22%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White35%
Low income25%
Not low income36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities35%
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 Students45%
Female54%
Male35%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial46%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income41%
Not low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students33%
Female46%
Male20%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial23%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income29%
Not low income48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female71%
Male49%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial69%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income55%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities71%
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 Students40%
Female44%
Male35%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial18%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income35%
Not low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students36%
Female46%
Male26%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial29%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Low income31%
Not low income54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities45%
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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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
White 46% 51%
Black 43% 18%
Two or more races 9% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hispanic 1% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Springfield, IL 62703
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