Posted: November, 1, 2018 - 5:43pm
Illinois New School Report Card
The Illinois State Board of Education just released the 2017-2018 Illinois Report Card. This year, the report card is new and improved, with a ton of great new data, including a new school rating system that helps offer schools much needed supports.
How Well Is My School Doing?
For the first time this year, each school will earn 1 of 4 Designations.
Two types of measures are calculated to decide which designation a school receives: academic performance and school quality. Examples of academic performance measures include student growth (progress made between 2 points in time) and proficiency in a subject. Examples of school quality include school climate and chronic absenteeism.
What is “Student Growth” And How Is It Calculated?
For the first time, the Illinois Report Card includes a student growth measure that recognizes progress toward and beyond any particular learning standard.
How Is School Funding Taken into Account?
Illinois has a new school funding system. And for the first time ever, we know how much each district should be spending educating their students. That cost, called the “adequacy target” is determined by the amount of money each district needs to provide evidence-based practices for its students.
Adequacy targets vary by district based on the demographics of a student body, with a higher target for districts serving students with greater needs.
Does My School have Enough Funding?
The Report Card will show “Final Resources,” an indicator that compares the district’s actual funding to its adequacy target.
Based on this percentage, districts will be classified within a particular tier (1-4). As you consider how to evaluate your school’s total rating consider your schools “Final Resources” as not the only factor, but an essential factor in whether or not a school is set up for success in educating all students.
How Does My School Start Improving?
A school can determine their plan for continuous improvement by considering using collaborative self inquiry to identify what the evidence and data says about student needs.
What Financial and Other Supports Will My School Get?
Lowest-Performing schools will receive comprehensive supports through IL Empower, the statewide system created to help boost schools’ performance. $100,000 in additional funding will go to Lowest-Performing schools and $15,000 to Underperforming schools. Schools in both designations will also have access to other supports like targeted student supports and training for faculty, staff and school leaders.
Included is a 1-page overview of the Illinois Report Card to share with your community.
To access your school’s report card, visit The Illinois Report Card site at https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/.
Posted: October, 9, 2018 - 10:22am
Both Antioch and Lakes Community High Schools earn an Exemplary School designation from The State
Every School in the state of Illinois will receive a designation on their annually issued school report card. The Illinois State Board of Education’s vision of Illinois is a state of whole, healthy children nested in whole, healthy systems supporting communities wherein all people are socially and economically secure. Bringing this vision into reality requires all of us—the state, districts, schools, educators, families, and communities—working together. Illinois’ system of support and accountability helps us identify which schools need the greatest assistance to meet our shared…
Posted: August, 10, 2018 - 8:03am
Welcome Back And While You Were Away
This is my 9th year of having the privilege to be the first to say welcome back; we are honored and happy to serve you and our communities!
This time of the year is always invigorating and full of possibility. Welcome the incoming Freshman Class of 2022! We also welcome our upperclassman and anyone new to Community High School District 117; we truly look forward to ensuring that every student is offered the opportunity to grow and learn in a positive, safe, and engaging environment. Our dedicated and talented staff strives to realize our mission of Igniting the Passion and…
Posted: February, 20, 2018 - 5:29pm
School Safety Letter To Familes
To our District 117 Families,
Our hearts go out to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community and all the families affected by the senseless shooting. We are greatly saddened by another instance of school violence that has devastated the community of Parkland.
For Community High School District 117, the safety of students and staff continues to be a top priority. As a District, we have built strong relationships with the Antioch, Lake Villa and Lindenhurst Police and Fire Departments. We are grateful for their leadership and input which helps guide our mission for…
Posted: October, 31, 2017 - 10:13am
2017 Illinois Report Card shows upward trends
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today released the 2017 Illinois Report Card at http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/getSearchCriteria.aspx. The annual Illinois Report Card shows the performance and progress of schools, districts, and the state overall on a wide range of educational metrics. The www.illinoisreportcard.com interactive website will go live on Friday, Nov. 3. The Data Quality Campaign and the Education Commission of the States have praised the Illinois Report Card as comprehensive and easy to understand.
State-level data on the 2017 Illinois…
Posted: September, 29, 2017 - 7:56am
Advanced Placement data show results of state’s focus on equity
SPRINGFIELD – The College Board released non-accountability reports of Advanced Placement (AP), SAT, and PSAT results from Illinois students statewide. State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D., issued the following statement:
“The Advanced Placement (AP) data released by the College Board show increases across the board in the numbers of students taking AP exams and in the percentages of students performing well. The State Board committed to increasing access to AP classes and exams, especially among underrepresented student groups. School teams across the state embraced…
Posted: September, 7, 2017 - 3:07pm
U.S. Department of Education approves Illinois ESSA Plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
Illinois State Board of Education officials say the state’s ESSA Plan incorporates feedback gathered from thousands of online comments and 100 in-person forums and meetings. Under the Illinois ESSA Plan, multiple indicators of school quality and student growth will be collected and examined, and will be used to help schools perform better under a plan that specifically meets their unique needs.
Additionally, the Illinois ESSA Plan…
Posted: August, 9, 2017 - 11:44am
Welcome Back and While You Were Away
Let me be the first to say welcome back, we are honored and happy to serve you and our communities!
I would like to welcome the incoming Freshman Class of 2021! We also welcome our upperclassman and anyone new to Community High School District 117; we truly look forward to ensuring that every student is offered the opportunity to grow and learn in a positive, safe, and engaging environment. Our dedicated and talented staff strives to realize our mission of Igniting the Passion and Discovery of Every Student. We are very proud of our unwavering commitment to student growth…
Posted: August, 7, 2017 - 4:55pm
State Funding for Schools
I want to provide residents of Community High School District 117 information regarding state funding for schools in Illinois for the 2017-18 school year as you may be familiar with this issue through the news media and other sources.
Due to the inequality associated with the current Illinois school funding formula and its significant adverse consequences particularly to school districts with the greatest economic need, the legislature has developed a new funding formula designed with evidence based criteria to equitably support state funding for schools. To date, the legislators…
Posted: May, 31, 2017 - 11:36am
EVERY STUDENT SUCEEDS ACT (ESSA)
ISBE submitted the ESSA State Plan for Illinois to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on April 1, 2017. On April 10, 2017, ED identified a section of the plan that it considered incomplete. This section included measurements of interim progress for academic attainment, graduation rate, and English Learner proficiency. In the plan submitted on April 1, 2017, ISBE stated that it intends to develop measurements of interim progress based on three-year baseline data and that this data is currently unavailable due to not having three years of data from which to determine a baseline…
Posted: April, 24, 2017 - 10:43am
State Budget Impasse
There is an effort statewide by many in a variety of public and private sectors including educators currently encouraging our state legislators to formulate and pass a responsible and responsive state budget. Below, are some of the consequences and concerns shared by many as a result of the current budget impasse.
All areas of society, including Illinois public school students, have suffered the consequences of Illinois’ financial problems over the past couple decades. For nearly the past two years, Illinois has operated with just a partial budget for education and “stopgap”or band-aid…