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A subcommittee of the District 65 School Board consisting of Eileen Budde and Tracy Quattrocki met last October with District administrators to discuss the data and charts to be included in the District’s achievement report for the 2010-11 school year. The parameters of the report worked out at that meeting formed the basis for the School Board’s Jan. 23 discussion about the Board’s expectations for the report.

As discussed, the achievement report will present data showing, among other things, a) the percent of third- through eighth-graders who are performing above the 50th percentile on the ISAT and MAP tests and b) the percent of third- through eighth-graders who are on track to college and career readiness in reading and math using benchmarks identified for the ISATs. The report will also present data showing the percent of eighth-graders who are on track to college readiness in reading and math using the EXPLORE test, which is in the family of ACT tests. The data will be presented by subgroup and for the 2005-06 through 2010-11 school years.

The report will also present data showing the percent of students in each of the nine stanines, which are statistically equivalent units between the 1st and 99th percentiles. This data will reflect in a more nuanced manner any positive or negative shifts in achievement over time.

The report is also expected to provide selected cohort analyses and achievement data by school and by program, such as the Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program and the African Centered Curriculum (ACC).

The District’s achievement report is usually presented in October, but due to the extensive analyses the administration performed last fall concerning the proposed new school and potential ways to address the District’s projected enrollment, preparation of the achievement report was delayed. The report is scheduled to be presented at the March 26 Board meeting.