Results Show Illinois Schools Failing AYP

By: Lauren Kravets
By: Lauren Kravets

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The results aren't looking so hot on Illinois' report card: fewer students are meeting adequate yearly progress.

Just eight high schools out of more than 650 in the state made AYP based on 2011 test scores.

New figures show 65 percent of schools failed to make AYP. Last year only 51 percent failed. There's been a lot of controversy about adequate yearly progress under the 'No Child Left Behind Act.'

Some school districts say it's unreasonable to have every child meet AYP by 2014. They also say some quote "excellent" schools are failing these tests and say students shouldn't be judged on test scores alone.

Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Cery Chico said, "The current system does not measure or acknowledge progress, you know progress is measured in a lot of different ways. We're talking about human beings here not widgets or machines."

The earliest the state will release specific district numbers is next week. Also, the state board of education says it will apply for a waiver for the 'No Child Left Behind Act.'

There is some positive news out of today's report card: elementary students who took the ISAT saw an increase in test scores. Also, the target high school graduation rate increased by two percent.

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  • by Hunter Location: southern Illinois on Oct 21, 2011 at 08:31 PM
    Most people outside of education don't realize that every single child - yes EVEN special education students get tested and counted towards AYP. Add the fact that AYP actually goes up every year until 2014 and then ALL schools across the country will fail. This year rates are up to 85% (77.5% last year) until reaching 100%. Also realize the top countries in the world in education rankings do not standardize test their kids at all. The way they get a ranking is they have select kids (kids who decide on college early on) take those tests, they teach education disabled, autistic, i.e. special ed kids a much different curriculum than other kids. We however treat everyone the same - yes, even if it means they have no chance to learn algebra, calculus, chemistry, etc...
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      by Tina on Nov 4, 2011 at 06:17 PM in reply to Hunter
      You make the WRONG conclusion that special education students can not learn. Both my sons have autism and my older son who is school age tested level 4(the highest you can test) in ALL AREAS. He needs a special classroom but is one of the smartest people you will ever meet. I expect he will go to college and do well. ALL children need a education that will allow them to learn what they can learn. Having lower expectations to children with needs is WRONG and discrimination. My son is in first grade and is learning in his special ed classroom basic algebra. Some of the most brilliant people have autism. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!
  • by Douglas Location: Northern IL on Oct 21, 2011 at 04:32 AM
    Do you think that maybe this has something to do with lack of funding. School Districts have had to make cuts because of this lack of money. This includes cutting teachers and making class sizes larger. The other thing to remember here is not all students test well on standardized tests. Something else to think about when you go to the polls again. Ask your lawmaker what he plans to do with the schools and don't let the Governor get his way with one school district because all that money would be going to the state of Chicago.
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