SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- The Illinois State Board of Education Wednesday released report cards for schools under a new, more comprehensive system.
In years past, report cards relied heavily on data from standardized testing.
“The focus was pretty narrow, and the focus was primarily on proficiency: are students meeting pre-determined standards?” said acting Chief Education Officer Ralph Grimm. “With this report card, we’re able to show so much more to the community to really give a complete picture of all the things that are happening in a school building.”
The new report cards include information on factors like chronic absenteeism and growth. Schools earn one of four designations: exemplary, commendable, under-performing or lowest performing.
“It’s a chance for school districts and school buildings to tell their good news stories,” Grimm said. “What we really are trying to do is highlight those schools that have a student group that’s not meeting standards, so we can drive resources to those schools to help students achieve at a high level.”
To search for individual schools’ report cards, click here.