The Illinois State Board of Education released its State Report Cards this week.
I wrote broadly about those report cards Monday in my article "Illinois applies for waiver as no Fox Valley schools make AYP again." This week, I'm taking a closer look at one piece of information in those report cards: Truancy. You can read more about that in Sunday's Courier-News.
But meantime, what about your school?
Sadly, you won't be seeing 104 articles about how each of the schools in Elgin School District U46, Carpentersville-area Community Unit School District 300, Burlington Central Community Unit School District 301 and St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 performed. But you can search for your school in this database, compiled by our sister paper, the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Sun-Times also has created its own exclusive ranking system for Illinois schools, which include lists of the Top 50 elementary, middle and high schools in the Chicago area.
Did any of our schools make the cut?
Find out, after the jump.
Three Fox Valley high schools made the Sun-Times' rankings of the top 50 schools in the Chicago area, all in St. Charles Community Unit School District 303.
- Bell-Graham Elementary School in St. Charles, No. 46 of "The top 50 elementary schools in the Chicago area"
- St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, No. 31 of "The top 50 high schools in the Chicago area"
- St. Charles East High School in St. Charles, No. 31 of "The top 50 high schools in the Chicago area"
And yet, according to State Report Card data, only Bell-Graham made AYP this year.
That's one illustration of how difficult it has become for Illinois schools to meet the rising benchmarks to make Adequate Yearly Progress under the Federal No Child Left Behind act -- especially for high schools. For more on that topic, see:
- "Illinois applies for waiver as no Fox Valley schools make AYP again" (10/31/11)
- "Illinois set to seek waiver from No Child Left Behind" (10/20/11)
-- Emily McFarlan, Readers' Reporter