School Report Cards Available Soon
The State of Illinois is expected to release the new school report cards by the end of October. This year the report cards will look different to reflect changes in the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act, known as ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, which was in place since 2002.
The new system includes a growth component and other measures, which differs from previous school report cards that focused solely on attainment measures based on annual standardized testing. Under the new system, schools are placed into one of four categories. All of District 205 schools received a "Commendable" rating. The top category is "Exemplary." The two lowest categories are "Underperforming" and "Lowest Level."
The District has produced a Power Point with a voice over to help parents understand some factors to consider when deciphering all of the various types of school rating systems that are prevalent across the country. In addition, specific information on the school reports will be sent directly to parents when the report cards are released.
A recent Chicago Tribune article sheds some light on the new state report cards as well.
Parents with questions about the new report card are encouraged to contact their principal.