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Illinois Report Card: Majority of DeKalb schools underperforming

DeKalb High School senior Caitlyn Bargiel, left, T.J. Vilet, junior, and James Keck, junior, conduct a fermentation lab Tuesday during AP biology class at the school.
DeKalb High School senior Caitlyn Bargiel, left, T.J. Vilet, junior, and James Keck, junior, conduct a fermentation lab Tuesday during AP biology class at the school.

DeKALB – Five of the 11 schools in District 428 are commendable, according to the Illinois Report Card data released Wednesday by the Illinois State Board of Education, while the rest are either underperforming or, in one case, among the lowest-performing schools in the state.

Tyler Elementary School,
1021 Alden Circle, was tagged as a “lowest-performing” school by ISBE, meaning it’s among the bottom five percent of state schools, as a product of scores on the state-mandated Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test. Only eight percent of students met expectations in English and Language Arts on the PARCC this past spring, although 26 met that threshold in the previous school year.

Similarly, 14 percent met expectations and 1 percent exceeded, compared with 19 percent meeting and
4 percent exceeding last year, according to the report card.

The state mandated in 2015 that students take the test, and in 2016, ISBE decided the SAT will be the benchmark for high-schoolers, while students in third to eighth grade will continue to be measured by PARCC.

According to the Illinois Report Card, Tyler Elementary has 24 students per classroom, compared with 20 across the state, as well as 28 kindergartners compared to a 19-student state average.

Meanwhile in District 428, Huntley and Clinton Rosette middle schools, Founders, Little John and Malta elementary schools were classified as “underperforming.” DeKalb High School, Cortland, Brooks, Jefferson and Lincoln elementary schools were labeled as “commendable,” one tier shy of the top spot of “exemplary.”

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