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On an overall basis, 87% of School District 65 students met or exceeded standards on the 2008 Illinois Standard Achievement Tests (ISATs) across all subject areas, compared to the Statewide average of 79%.

Performance by School

On average, District 65 schools did better on the 2008 ISATs than about two-thirds of the schools in the State. Willard’s average ISAT score put it among the top 95 percent of the schools in the State. Oakton’s average ISAT score put it at the 27th percentile rank of schools in the State.

The accompanying table No. 1 gives the percentage of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2008 ISATs at each school in the District, the percentage of low-income students at each school, and the rank of the school among 3,097 schools in the State.

Scores by Ethnic Group – 3rd and 8th Grade

On average, District 65’s white and black students did better on the 2008 ISATs than their Statewide counterparts. The District’s Hispanic students did better in some areas and worse in others.

White Students:

At the eighth-grade level, 98% of the District’s white students met standards in reading and 97% met standards in math. The Statewide average was 88% for reading and 89% for math.

On average, District 65’s schools ranked 161st for third-grade reading and 244th for third-grade math among 1,613 schools reporting data for white students in the State at the third-grade level. Their average rank was 80th for eighth-grade reading and 83rd for eighth-grade math among 936 schools reporting data for white students in the State at the eighth-grade level.

Black Students:

At the eighth-grade level, 73% of District 65’s black students met standards in reading, and 76% met standards in math, compared to Statewide averages of 69% and 61%.

On average, District 65 schools ranked 195th for third-grade reading and 151st for third-grade math among 751 schools in the State that reported data for black third-graders. Their average rank was 261st for eighth-grade reading and 127th for eighth-grade math among 620 schools in the State reporting data for black eighth-graders.

Hispanic Students:

At the eighth-grade level, 72% of the District’s Hispanic students met standards in reading; 71% met standards in math. These were lower than the Statewide averages of 74% and 75% respectively.

School Rankings by Race:

See the online edition of the RoundTable for tables reflecting the percentage of white and black third- and eighth-grade students who met or exceeded standards on the 2008 ISATs for each school in the District, as well as the school’s rank among schools in the State for whom data was reported for white and black third- and eighth-graders.

In reading, 51% of the District’s third-grade Hispanic students met standards on the 2008 ISATs; in math, 85% met standards. The Statewide averages were 55% in reading and 78% in math. At the third-grade level, 67% of the District’s black students met standards in reading; and 83% met standards in math. This exceeds the Statewide averages of 55% in reading and 68% in math. At the third-grade level, 97% of the District’s white students met standards in reading and 99% met standards in math. The Statewide average was 84% for reading and 94% in math.

Two D65 Schools Ranked in Top 50

Willard and Lincolnwood schools were ranked among the top 50 elementary schools in the state in the 2008 Chicago Sun-Times poll. The Sun-Times ranked schools based on average scores on the 2008 state reading and math assessments, not the percentage meeting or exceeding state standards.

Willard was ranked number 12 and Lincolnwood number 35 among more than 2,600 elementary schools in Illinois. Willard has been among the top 50 elementary schools in the Sun-Times poll for three consecutive years. This is the first time that Lincolnwood has joined the list.