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November 7, 2013

District 80 has mixed test results

This article is the second in a four-part series on Illinois School Report Card data.

MT. VERNON — District 80 as a whole did not meet adequate yearly progress standards for 2012-2013, but saw gains in reading scores that year, according to recently released School Report Card data.

Overall, 42 percent of district students met or exceeded state standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test for 2012-2013. This is equal to the district's percentage in 2011-2012, but below the state average of 59 percent.

In the reading category, 43 percent of district students met or exceeded ISAT standards for 2012-2013, up from the prior year's 41 percent and below the state average of 59 percent.

For math, 41 percent of students met or exceeded the standards in 2012-2013, down from the previous year's 44 percent and below the state average of 59 percent.

Science scores for the district remained at 67 percent, equal to the prior year and below the state average of 80 percent.

“The scores we look at very closely,” said Superintendent Mike Green. “We do strategic planning to look at our weaknesses.”

The School Report Card also includes test score data for three individual schools in District 80.

A total of 39 percent of Casey Middle School students met or exceeded the ISAT standards in 2012-2013, compared to 38 percent the prior year.

The school's reading percentage rose from 36 to 39 percent in 2012-2013, and the math score dropped from 41 to 39 percent that year. The science score stayed the same at 63 percent.

In addition, the black subgroup of students at Casey Middle School were able to make AYP in math under Safe Harbor guidelines.

At the J.L. Buford Intermediate Center, 45 percent of students met or exceeded overall ISAT standards in 2012-2013, up from the previous year's 44 percent.

Also, the center's reading percentage increased from 43 to 47 percent in 2012-2013, and the math score dropped from 46 to 43 percent that year. The science score rose from 44 to 45 percent.

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