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Harter Middle School

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Posted March 6, 2014

My daughter has attended two years at this school and I am currently on this website researching private schools to send her to for eighth grade. 1. The teachers do talk a good game but in reality do not put much effort into making sure information is actually learned. Extra help is the job of the parent in most cases. 2. The student culture is awful. It's very cliquish and there is a lot of bullying and social out casting done. The administration again talks a good game about anti- bullying but very little is actually done to fix it. 3. Rules in general are enforced arbitrarily and seemingly randomly which leaves both students and parents confused. I am seriously hoping that I can find a suitable private school because my daughter is miserable and I hate to have to send her there another year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2009

It's an excellent school. I loved going there! I would recommend going there to anyone!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2009

Kaneland Middle School provides a great education for my children. It's not perfect, but what school is? Overall it's a fabulous place to send your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

My son attended Kaneland Middle from 2007-2008. It's not the kind of school I attended by no means but the education has got to be good since they rated a 7 out of 10. The projects my son came home with were difficult, so I thought, but he seemed to get it together and figure them out. He never showed motivation until he went to Kaneland. It was a good challenge for him. Kids need that challenge today, otherwise they get bored and end up cutting class. I deducted one star for discipline. We need stronger discipline in all our schools, and I deducted 1 star for the maintenance of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2007

Honestly, I would not go to kaneland. It is way too overcrowded, and I cannot understand why the school keeps accepting more students. We have had several referendums, and they have not passed. The teaching staff never seems happy, and they all act like they don't want to be here. Our staff has changed, and I as an 8th grader, have to say this is the worst year ever of my middle school life, I go to classes at the high school in the morning, and then get shipped back to the middle school in the afternoon to continue my day of classes. I am extremely upset with going to kaneland. I would not reccomend going to this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2006

Kaneland Middle School seemed like a good option in the beginning. The teachers talked a good talk, the facilities were clean and well-kept, the course offerings seemed interesting, and the availability of extracurricular activities were excellent. However, once my daughter began to attend this school, everything went down hill. 1) Teacher involvement - teachers would rather send children home to ask parents for homework help rather than take time to provide assistance themselves. 2) School library - I never knew so many vampire and death-related books existed until I saw the titles of books my daughter started bringing home! 3) Peer pressure - the intensity of rivalry among groups and total lack of teacher intervention is devastating! 4) Student grades - how can a teacher knowlingly allow a student to fail for months without notifying the parents?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2006

For a county (as opposed to urban) setting, Kaneland is a fair school. Options available with various levels of 'Challenge' or advance placement classes is very good. Standard classes are standard.
—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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
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

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

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

All Students74%
Female71%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income51%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female74%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income57%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities76%
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 Students69%
Female76%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income42%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female72%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income42%
Non-low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female86%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income64%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)49%
Students without disabilities85%
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 Students65%
Female65%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income43%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female71%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income42%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities70%
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

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Reading growth at this school

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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 80% 51%
Hispanic 13% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 2% 18%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Sugar Grove, IL 60554
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