“They raised the bar on the performance while also changing the test,” Hartman said.
Sandra Kabat, Farrington's principal and superintendent, said about 35 students took the ISAT last spring at her school. With that small a number, one student performing poorly can affect the overall percentage, she said.
Even so, Farrington officials are working to improve how their students perform academically, Kabat said.
“We're trying to stay proactive and not wait until the state tells us we have to do something,” Kabat said.
The remaining rural schools that did not make AYP are Rome Community Consolidated Elementary School, Woodlawn School, Waltonville Grade School, Opdyke-Belle Rive Grade School and Field Elementary School.
For 2012-2013, Rome's overall ISAT score was 60 percent, Woodlawn's was 59 percent, Waltonville's was 55 percent, Opdyke-Belle Rive's was 54 percent and Field's was 48 percent.
To view all of the Report Card data for these schools, visit www.illinoisreportcard.com.