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Demographics Skewed on Positive Parent Survey; Some Results Indicate Concerns

Although a survey conducted last spring indicated that most District 202 parents are satisfied with many aspects of their children’s school experience, there were some areas with which parents expressed less enthusiasm or familiarity. Among these are the counseling department, special education, adequacy of time to access academic supports, enforcement of the discipline policy and […]

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Prairie State Exam and Related Measures Continue to Challenge Many ETHS Students

Evanston Township High School students showed disappointing results on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) across the board last year, with almost every subgroup showing a decline in scores from the previous years in all three subject areas. However, student performance on the ACT, which is part of the PSAE, has remained more or less […]

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Freshman Humanities Evaluation to Collect Data; Board Postpones Setting Targets

 After hearing a presentation of the evaluation plan for the new Freshman Humanities course, District 202 Board members decided to put off for a year placing any kind of numerical goals on its evaluation, which concurred with a recommendation made by Dr. Judith Levinson, Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment and echoed by Superintendent Eric […]

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Freshman Humanities Curriculum Gets “A” from D202 Board

The curriculum of the much debated Freshman Humanities course which was implemented for the first time this fall was presented to the D202 School Board at its meeting on Monday, September 12.   “You (have developed) what looks to be an astonishing improvement in the way we are teaching Humanities 1,” said Board member Rachel Hayman […]

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Third Year Evaluation of Freshman Humanities Raises Issues About the Model

At their Sept. 12 meeting, School District 202 Board members heard a report about the third year of the Freshman Humanities course model implemented in 2008. It seemed almost anticlimactic, since a totally new approach to the course is already being implemented this fall. Some in the community had advocated last year that the Board […]

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School District 202 Makes Changes In Administrative Organization, Responsibilities

School District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon has realigned the responsibilities, supervisory and reporting relationships of some administrators at Evanston Township High School, he says, because of an “evaluation of staff strengths” and a couple of key resignations In a telephone interview, Dr. Witherspoon told the RoundTable that Dr. Diep Nguyen, assistant superintendent for curriculum and […]

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Alternative Programs at School District 202 Reduce Suspensions, but Racial Disparity Persists

The District 202 School Board on June 27 reviewed the latest information about suspensions at Evanston Township High School. Last fall that topic generated significant consternation when a similar report showed a lack of progress in the Board goal of reducing suspensions and revealed significant racial disparities in students being suspended. The latest report states […]

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School District 202 Reviews Plans for Freshman Humanities Evaluation

The District 202 School Board learned at their June 13 meeting how the Evanston Township High School administration will evaluate the new Freshman Humanities program over the next four years, assessing components such as rigor, curriculum, teacher and student supports, student performance and course selections. Board members engaged in discussion among themselves, sometimes contentious, about […]

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District 202 SIT Team Recommends School-Wide Staff-Student Mentoring

The School Improvement Team (SIT) proposed “the creation of a staff-student mentoring model … designed specifically to meet the unique needs of Evanston Township High School students” as its primary recommendation to the D202 School Board on June 13. SIT Co-chair Alison Hart said the student mentoring recommendation was the one that “rose to the […]