FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2005
Illinois State Board of Education 2005 School Report
Card release features new parent-friendly Illinois School
Board provides accurate, on-time Report
Cards to schools and districts
Statewide results show continued
improvement with ongoing
need to address achievement gap
Springfield, ILThe Illinois State Board of Education
(ISBE) has released the 2005 State, School and District
Report Cards. This years Report Card release includes
a new parent-friendly Illinois School Profile for each
school to make it easier for parents to quickly get information
about how their childrens schools are performing.
In 2004 Governor Rod Blagojevich asked the new State Board
to work with key parent and educator groups to develop
a more parent-friendly way to communicate the most important
information from the School Report Cards.
When parents send their children off to school
each day, they want to know if those schools are providing
their sons and daughters with a good education,
said Gov. Blagojevich. We have created the new Illinois
School Profile to make it simple for parents to find out
how their childs school compares with state averages
on class size, academic performance and other education
ISBE sought input from educators and parents throughout
the State and worked with the Illinois Parent Teacher
Association (PTA) to create the customized Illinois
School Profile for each Illinois school, focusing
on key information for each school including attendance
and graduation rates, composite student test scores, composite
teacher information including education level and average
salaries, school district finances, Adequate Yearly Progress
(AYP), school news, and parent and family involvement.
"We thank the Illinois PTA and parents and educators
around the state for their help and input in developing
the Illinois School Profile. By working together we were
able to create an effective new communication tool to
help parents understand their schools annual results,
said Randy Dunn, State Superintendent. In addition
to creating the new Illinois School Profile, our
Agency staff worked closely with schools and districts
throughout the State to make sure that this years
Report Cards were out on time and error-free. This information
receives a great deal of attention from parents and communities
and making sure the information is correct was a top priority
for the Agency and for local school districts.
The Federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires
states to issue School and District Report Cards each
year, including many demographic, data and assessment
details about each school and district. called on them
to address the states chronic Report Card mess.
Historically Illinois School and District Report Cards
were issued to schools months past the statutory deadline
and were riddled with data errors.
2005 Report Card Results
The 2005 Report Cards show statewide student assessment
results continue to improve, demonstrating good progress
in several areas while there is a continued need for work
to narrow the achievement gap between student groups.
Analysis of the Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT)
shows improvements including:
- third grade student Reading scores increased or held
steady across all student groups;
- fourth grade students showed marked gains in Science
across all student groups;
- fifth grade Math scores were up across all student
- eighth grade Reading scores increased significantly
over all student groups.
In addition, analysis of the Prairie State Achievement
Examination (PSAE) results showed significant gains in
Reading among Hispanic, Black and Low Income students.
Dropout rate continues to decline
Information included in this years School Report
Card also indicates that states school dropout has
continued to decline, a trend that began in 1996. In 1996,
the dropout rate was 6.5 percent. In 2005, the dropout
rate has declined to 4 percent. Dropouts include students
in grades 9-12 whose names have been removed from the
district roster for any reason other than death, extended
illness, graduation/completion of a program of studies,
transfer to another school or expulsion.
The mobility rate has also continued to decline. In 1996
it stood at 18.8 percent and for 2005 it has fallen to
16.1 percent. The mobility rate is the sum of the students
transferred out of a school and students transferred in,
divided by the average daily enrollment, multiplied by
To access the School, District and State Report Cards
or view any Illinois School Profile go to www.isbe.net
and click on the Report Card link on the left.