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November 7, 2013

District 80 has mixed test results

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Buford students were able to make AYP for reading under Safe Harbor guidelines.

“I think that's good news,” said Dee Ann Schnautz, director of currculum, instruction and assessments for District 80.

At the Primary Center, 44 percent of students met or exceeded overall ISAT standards in 2012-2013, down from the prior year's 50 percent.

The school's reading percentage also dropped from 52 to 48 percent in 2012-2013, and math fell from 49 to 40 percent that year. There were no science scores for the Primary Center.

Assistant Superintendent Aletta Lawrence pointed out that the state raised the performance expectations for reading and math in January, which helps explain some of the district's lower scores.

“Last year, those scores would have looked better,” Lawrence said. “They raised the bar, which is fine, but it makes it look like things are darker than they seem.”

Green said there are major changes on the horizon for the ISAT test.

Next year, the test will completely reflect the new Common Core standards, which establish new learning requirements in English language arts and math.

District 80 teachers have been working diligently to prepare their students for these rigorous new standards, Green said.

“We're making significant strides,” Green said. “It's a major shift.”

District 80 officials will present the School Report Card data to the Board of Education at the annual board retreat in January.

School Report Card information is released each year by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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