State’s New School Designations Show Positive Trends at D209

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FOREST PARK | The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released designations for every school in the state on October 30, 2018. The designations provide a public benchmark of each school’s progress toward the goal of preparing all students for success in college, career, and life.

The 2018 Illinois Report Card shows the progress of our schools on a wide range of educational goals. Each School Report Card includes a designation which is a descriptor of how the school is meeting the needs of all students, based multiple measures/indicators of performance.

“The new designations on the State Report Card present a positive trajectory earned through collective work demonstrating levels of success. PTHS D209 welcomes the changes on the 2018 Illinois School Report Card and school designations. However, these are not a complete picture of our performance. We will use the data from the School Report Cards in conjunction with our internal data to inform our continuous improvement efforts. As we forge ahead with our transformation plans and strategic initiatives, we look forward to the continued support of our parents, community and other stakeholders,” said Superintendent Dr. Jesse J. Rodriguez.
PTHS D209’s data demonstrate that the district made improvements on the designations in two out of our three schools. The designations for our schools are as follows:

Proviso Math and Science Academy- Exemplary
• Proviso West- Commendable
• Proviso East- Lowest Performing

The descriptions below established designations from ISBE.  The four possible school designations are:
1.  Exemplary
2.  Commendable
3.  Underperforming
4.  Lowest-Performing

• Performance in the top 10% of all schools
• High schools with graduation rate higher than 67%
• No underperforming student groups at or below the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5% of all schools
• Eligible to apply to serve as an IL-EMPOWER Learning Partner
• Performance not in the top 10% of all schools
• High schools with graduation rate higher than 67%
• No underperforming student groups at or below the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5% of all schools
• Eligible to apply to serve as an IL-EMPOWER Learning Partner
• One or more student groups underperforming at or below the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5% of all schools; groups must have at least 20 students in at least three indicators
• Completes a Work Plan for School Improvement and provided targeted support through IL-EMPOWER process
• In the lowest-performing 5% of Title I eligible schools statewide
• High schools with graduation rate at or below 67%
• Completes a Work Plan for School Improvement and provided comprehensive support through IL-EMPOWER process

Proviso Township High Schools District 209

Strengths:
• PMSA has Exemplary designation, and West has a Commendable designation.
• PMSA and West showed gains in SAT Math.
• Graduation rate at East has increased steadily over the past 5 years.
• Post-Secondary enrollment at PMSA and West has increased by 6% and 5% respectively.
• Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA’s need for community college remediation decreased, showing that less remediation is needed at the college level.
• Record numbers of students are taking Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. More than 775 students took one or more AP or IB classes, up from 667 in 2017.
• Enrollment in career and technical education courses increased by 1803 students, up from 1785 in 2017 and 1593 in 2016.
• The percent of students enrolling in post-secondary programs increased from 56% in 2016 to 64% in 2018.

Growth Opportunities:
• Targeted plans for Proviso East, Proviso West, and the District Office to strengthen the graduation rate
• Continuous improvement efforts at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA in addressing all performance indicators as established by ISBE
• Additional support for Proviso East through the Illinois EMPOWER Network
• District-wide consistent implementation of powerful practices through multi-tier system of supports for students to enhance subgroup performance
• Fidelity of implementation relative to individual School Instructional Frameworks and Transformational Plans

As part of the new support and accountability system that launched this year, ISBE has identified Proviso East to receive comprehensive supports to help accelerate academic progress. We welcome this opportunity to build on the talent of our incredible students, teachers, and staff as we continue with Proviso East’s Transformation Plan, innovative instructional framework and best practices which include, but are not limited to, Personalized Competency Based Education, career academies, growth mindset, standards-based grading, grit, and formative assessments with feedback, all aimed to promote student agency. The 2018 Illinois Report Card presents opportunities for growth as a district. There is much to celebrate while we continue with the endless work in front of us. The benchmarks established are there to help us understand our current progress and set targets for improvement.

“Junior students’ scores on the SAT comprise one of the seven indicators used to measure school quality on the 2018 Illinois Report Card. SAT replaced ACT two years ago as the state’s accountability assessment. While there is a lot of overlap between the reading and math skills tested on the both assessments, there are also some differences. As such, we are working hard to make the necessary adjustments to improve our alignment to the standards of SAT and increase our students’ levels of reading and math proficiency,” says Assistant Superintendent of Academics and Family Services Dr. Nicole Howard.

According to PTHS D209 Board President Ned Wagner, “Our District is strongest when we all work together, so we encourage you to participate in our 5Essentials Survey which is on our website. We invite you to complete the survey at your convenience, and join us during our Board of Education meetings, parent meetings, town hall/community meetings, and other school or district sponsored activity. We at PTHS D209 hold high expectations for all students and staff and believe every student and staff can meet the goals of the Board of Education. Thank you for your continued partnership to ensure every child at D209 succeeds!”

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