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c. District 65 2013 Achievement Report: Some Bright Spots, But Five-Year Trends Are Flat

While there are a few bright spots in the report, the trends for the five-year period are generally flat, with declines in some areas. District 65 white students, however, continue to perform at very high levels; and black and Hispanic students perform at levels higher than their counterparts statewide. Posted Jan. 29,2014. By Larry Gavin



d. ISBE Low-Balls New ISAT Cut Scores, Misalignment With PSAE and ACT College Readiness Continues
On Jan. 24, 2013, the Illinois State Board of Education decided to raise the cut scores (the proficiency level) to "meet standards" on the Illinois Standard Achievment Test. While raising the cut scores to "meet standards" is a positive step, an ISBE internal study and other analyses show the new cut scores are still below the proficiency level needed to be aligned with the cut scores to "meet standards" on the Prairie State Achievement Exam. They are also misaligned with the ACT's benchmarks for college readiness. By Larry Gavin. Published on Feb. 28, 2013.


f. District 65 Student Achievement at the Top Levels on 2006-2013 ISATs
This article analyzes the percent of students in Evanston School District 65 who scored in the top three stanines on the 2006 through the 2012 Illinois Standard Achievement Tests.  By Larry Gavin. Published Jan. 16, 2013


g. School District 65 2012 Achievement Report: High Levels of Achievement, But Declines in 2011-12
Students in School District 65 perform at levels significantly higher than their counterparts Statewide. Growth in achievement, though, has been generally flat in the last few years, and it declined slightly in the 2011-12 school year. District administrators plan to accelerate student achievement in the coming years by building teacher capacity. Published 1/3/13, by Larry Gavin


h. ISBE Poised to Align ISAT to PSAE, But May Low-Ball College Readiness Benchmarks

 In a recent filing with the U.S. Depart­ment of Education, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) said it will raise the proficiency level needed to meet standards on the ISAT to align them with the PSAE and with college and career readiness. An internal ISBE study, though, shows that the proficiency level selected by ISBE is significantly below the level needed to be on track to ACT college and career readiness.  By Larry Gavin. Published May 9, 2012.



i. District 65 2011 Achievement Report: Some Positve Trends, Some Areas of Concern
On March 26, 2012, the District 65 School Board presented its 2011 Achievement Report that analyses student achievement using measures adopted by the Board at its Aug. 22, 2011 meeting. Among other things, the report presents data showing the percent of students scoring at or above the 50th percentile and the percent who are on track to college and career readiness. By Larry Gavin. Published April 9, 2012.


j. School District 65 Incorporates College and Career Readiness into Three-Year Goals
On Aug. 22, 2011, the District 65 School Board decided it will measure student achievement for third- through eighth-graders using not only the "meet" and "exceed" standards of the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, but also using benchmarks that are aligned with much higher proficiency levels: perfomance at grade level and being on track to college readiness. By Larry Gavin. Publilshed Aug. 31, 2011.


k. School District 65 Reports on Three-Year Goals

On June 6, 2011, School District 65 administrators presented a 73 page report concluding that District 65 met the three-year goals that were adopted by the School Board in Sept. 2008. This article summarizes some of the achievement data for the school years covered by the three-year plan. By Larry Gavin. Published June 8, 2011.



l. Setting Targets for Grades 3-12 Linked to the ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks

This article cites support for using the ACT’s college readiness benchmarks to set targets for grades 3-12, and it identifies ISAT cut scores to be on track to college and career readiness for grades 3-8. The article also summarizes some of the research that assesses the effectiveness of the ACT in measuring cognitive capabilities and in predicting college success and that considers the practical import of obtaining relatively high ACT scores. By Larry Gavin. Published May 23, 2011.



m. Benchmarks for 8th-Graders to 'Meet Standards' on ISATs Coincide With 20th National Percentile

The cut scores to meet standards for eighth-grade reading and math on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test coincide with the 20th national percentile of the 2007 National Assessment of Academic Progress. By Larry Gavin. Published Jan. 5, 2011.



n. Our School Boards Should Adopt Clear Goals That Students be Prepared for College and Careers

We encourage the School Boards of Districts 65 and 202 to collaborate and to adopt goals clearly stating that students should be prepared for college and careers when they graduate from Evanston Township High School and that students should be on track for college- and career-readiness when they graduate from eighth grade at District 65. 

We think the Districts should also adopt clear measures of success: the college readiness benchmarks of the ACT as a measure of success for high school, and the on track to college readiness benchmarks of EXPLORE and scale scores of 255 in reading and 283 in math on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) as measures of success for eighth grade. Click on the headline for a link to the editorial. Published 7/21/10

 



o. Taking a Fresh Look at Achievement Data For School Districts 65 and 202, by Larry Gavin

This article, the first in a series, illustrates how the low benchmark to "meet standards" on the ISATs gives a misleading picture of student achievement, how the benchmark masks the extent of the achievement gap, and how the benchmark is grossly misaligned with the level of achievement necessary to be on track for college readiness. The article also illustrates the misalignment of the ISATs with the PSAEs. Click on the headline above for a link to the first story. Published 6/9/10



p. School District 65 Achievement: What Normative Data Shows About Trends, by Larry Gavin

This is the second in a series of articles about achievement at School Districts 65 and 202, using normative data reported by Paul Zavitkovsky of the Urban School Leadership Program at the Universtiy of Illinois-Chicago. This article focuses on achievement at Evanston School District 65 and uses normative data to report trends and the percent of students on track for college and career readiness. Published 6/23/10.



q. Evanston Township High School Achievement: What Normative Data Shows About Trends, by Larry Gavin
This is the third in a series of articles about achievement at School Districts 65 and 202, using normative data reported by Paul Zavitkovsky of the Urban School Leadership Program at the Universtiy of Illinois-Chicago. This article reports on achievement at ETHS, illulstrates the misalignment of the ISATs and the PSAEs, and compares test results of six cohorts of students between middle school at District 65 and eleventh grade at ETHS. Published 7/7/10


r. RoundTable Series on Student Achievement at School Districts 65 and 202
This report contains the three articles in the RoundTable's series on student achievement at School District 65 (2001-09) and School District 202 (2004-09). The series is based on extensive reports prepared by Paul Zavitkovsky of the Urban School Leadership Program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. By Larry Gavin. Published June/July 2010


s. Summary Version of RoundTable's Series on Student Achievement at School Districts 65 and 202
This is a summary version of the Roundtable's series of articles on student achievement at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 (2001-09) and ETHS School District 202 (2004-09). The articles are based on extensive reports prepared by Paul Zavitkovsky of the Urban School Leadership Program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The RoundTable prepared this summary at the request of community members. By Larry Gavin. Published Oct. 13, 2010


t Evanston District 65 African American Students: ISAT Achievement Histories, by Paul Zavitkovsky

In this report, Paul Zavitkovsky of the Urban School Leadership Program at the University of Illinois Chicago presents charts and data tables showing trends in achievement for African American students at Evanston Skokie School District 65. Click above for full report. Published April 2010.



u. Evanston District 65 White Students, ISAT Achievement Histories, by Paul Zavitkovsky

In this report, Paul Zavitkovsky of the Urban School Leadership Program at the University of Illinois Chicago presents charts and data tables showing trends in achievement for White students at Evanston Skokie School District 65. Click above for full report. Published April 2010.



v. RoundTable's Booket of Charts of D65 and D202 Achievement Histories
The Evanston RoundTable prepared the charts in this booklet based on charts and data tables developed by Paul Zavitkovsky of the Urban School Leadership Program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The charts show achievement data for School District 65 for the period 2001-09 and for School District 202 for the period 2004-2009. Published July 2010.


w. Something's Wrong with Illinois Test Results, by Paul Zavitkovsky

In this report, Paul Zavitkovsky of the Urban School Leadership Program at the University of Illinois Chicago illustrates that the proficiency benchmarks to “meet standards” on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test is grossly misaligned with a) the proficiency benchmark to meet standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, and b) the proficiency level needed to be on track for college readiness. Mr. Zavitkovsky demonstrates how norm-referenced measures, such as percentiles, the percent at or above grade-level average, quartiles and stanines; provide a more complete and nuanced picture of student achievement than the “meet standards” proficiency benchmarks of the ISAT. Norm-referenced measures are also a better predictor of a group’s future achievement and college readiness than the “meet standards” proficiency benchmark of the ISAT. Click above for full report. Published June 2009.



x. We Support District 65's $48.2 Million Referendum: Our Analysis and Views

On March 20, the community will be asked to vote on whether or not to approve funding for a new K-5 school, for eight new classrooms and upgrades to both Haven and Nichols Middle Schools, and for upgrades to King Lab and Rhodes Magnet Schools at a total cost of $48.2 million.

Many concerns have been raised about these proposals, including the need, the capital cost, and the ongoing operating cost. In addition, concerns have been voiced that the new school will be a high poverty and a highly segregated minority school. These concerns raise important issues for our community. There are no easy answers. We come down on the side of supporting the referendum. Published 2/16/12




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