School District 65 released students’ results on the 2012 ISATs on Oct. 22. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, 85% of the students in each student subgroup were required to meet or exceed standards in reading and math on the 2012 ISATs, or alternatively, satisfy a safe harbor requirement (the AYP requirements).

School District 65 as a whole did not meet AYP in reading for black, Hispanic, low-income, and limited-English proficient (LEP) students and students with a disability (IEP students). The District as a whole did not meet AYP in math for IEP students.

Eight of the District’s schools failed to meet AYP in reading for students as a whole or for one subgroup on the 2012 ISATs: Kingsley (black students); Lincolnwood (black and low-income students), Oakton (all students); Washington (Hispanic), Willard (low-income), Chute (low-income students), Haven (black and IEP students), Nichols (black, Hispanic, and low-income students).

Four of the schools failed to meet AYP in mathematics for one or two subgroups on the 2012 ISATs: Kingsley (low-income students), Lincolnwood (low-income students), Haven (black and IEP students), Nichols (IEP students).

If a school has less than 45 students in a subgroup at the school, the school is not subject to AYP for that subgroup.

Illinois is continuing to use a benchmark to “meet standards” on the ISATs that is ranked among the lowest in the country – most recently, 41st in reading and 45th in math at the eighth-grade level, according to a recent study, “Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2009” (2011), conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education. The Board plans to discuss the District’s Achievement Report in December.