2013 ISAT Info
A Message from Your Superintendent
District 57 students once again scored well on the 2013 Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), far surpassing state averages. This is quite an accomplishment, given that these scores are the first to be released since the state raised the bar on performance (with higher cut scores for meeting and exceeding standards in English Language Arts and Math) and changed some test items to align with the new Common Core standards. The state had cautioned that districts would see a decline in the number of students who fall into the highest category. But that did not happen in District 57.
Students in grades three through eight took the ISAT in March 2013. For reading, 82 percent fell into the meets and exceeds category of scores, compared to 59 percent statewide. For math, 80 percent of students fell into this highest category, compared to 58.7 statewide. Our District's scores are consistent with scores from last year and the year before. This indicates that our students were well prepared, even though the test was more rigorous and it was more difficult to be placed in meets and exceeds.
In science, which did not have a change in cut scores or test items, 93.1 percent of grade four students and 88.3 percent of grade seven students scored in the meets and exceeds category (only these grades take the science test).
Dr. Woodrow gave a detailed presentation about District 57's ISAT scores to the School Board Thursday night. Her presentation can be found on the District web site at this link. On Oct. 11, we will send families individualized ISAT score reports for their students. This package also will include reports of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests that students took a few weeks ago.
Administrators and teachers have been working hard to align curriculum with the new Common Core State Standards. We believe this is a large part of the reason students performed so well on the new test. We thank our teachers -- and their students, too -- for their hard work. We also thank the parents for the important role they play. District 57 is very fortunate to have a parent community that is so actively involved in the children's education.
This includes the District 57 Education Foundation, which will hold one of its main fundraisers tomorrow night (Saturday). Golftober Fest includes a dinner under the tent at the Mount Prospect Golf Club, and children are welcome. This fun event raises money that goes directly back to the schools. Please consider signing up to attend, if you haven't already done so (www.57edfoundation.org). I hope to see you there!