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Posted inReports & Analyses

ISBE Low-Balls New ISAT Cut Scores, Misalignment With PSAE and ACT College Readiness Continues

In February 2012, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) filed with the U.S. Department of Education an application for a waiver from certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. In its application, ISBE acknowledged that the cut scores (e.g. the proficiency levels) to “meet standards” on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) […]

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We Support District 65’s $48.2 Million Referendum to Establish a School in the Fifth Ward: Our Analysis and Views

The RoundTable published a lenthy editorial supporting the 2012 Referendum to establish a new school in the Fifth Ward. To review the editorial in its entirety, click on the link below. An excerpt from the editorial is published below: “The central core was once the attendance area for Foster School, which was converted to a […]

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Setting Targets for Grades 3-12 Linked to the ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks

The linked article, by Larry Gavin, cites support for using the ACT’s college readiness benchmarks to set targets for grades 3-12. 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 […]

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History of the 60% Guideline and Other Measures to Racially Balance District 65 Schools

  Since adopting a desegregation plan in 1966,  School District 65 has used three guidelines in determining how to racially balance its schools:  “reasonable integration” in the 1960s; a State-mandated 15 percent plus-or-minus rule in the 1970s; and the 60 percent guideline since 1985. The District’s Strategic Planning Advisory Committee recently recommended that the District […]

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RoundTable Series on Student Achievement at School Districts 65 and 202

This paper contains all three articles in the RoundTable’s series on student achievement at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 (2001-09) and ETHS School District 202 (2004-09), published in June/July 2010. The articles, by Larry Gavin, are based on extensive reports prepared by Paul Zavitkovsky of the Urban School Leadership Program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Rather […]