Progress Towards Meeting District Academic Goals in 2011-2012 and Academic Goals for 2012-2014
At its July 12, 2012 meeting, the Board of Education received a report summarizing student performance data collected relative to the multiple measures identified in the 2011-2012 Academic Goals. Accelerating academic achievement for all students is based on the four District goals: 1.) All students will meet standards; 2.) All students will demonstrate academic growth; 3.) Student enrollment in more rigorous courses will increase; and 4.) All students will demonstrate college-readiness. Monitoring of multiple measure indicators provides important guidance to review progress during the current school year, and to identify target areas for continued improvement during the upcoming school year.
The Board also approved the District Academic Goals for the next two school years (2012-2013 and 2013-2014). The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) does not release assessment data until the fall of each year, and as a result, the District does not possess the full assessment data on the statewide Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) until weeks or months after goals are set for the next year. In order to account for this issue of timing and to ensure that school improvement actions can be directly linked to assessment results that they impacted, the District is moving to a two-year goal cycle. A two-year goal cycle enables the District to review assessment data, develop and implement programs and initiatives, and complete the evaluation cycle with the next set of assessment data released the following fall. The two-year cycle provides the time to address both student attainment of goals and their individual growth over time from one test administration to another. The goals serve as a guide for teachers and administrators indicating what should be emphasized instructionally and defining how the District should gauge success.
After reviewing last year’s academic performance data and identifying strengths and weaknesses, the following District goals were created based upon analysis of current strengths and weaknesses, as well as the ISBE’s accountability measure for all Illinois schools:
• Students will demonstrate academic growth in high school
• Students will demonstrate attainment of knowledge and skills defined within local, state, and national high school standards
• Students will demonstrate on-time graduation from high school
• Students will demonstrate college and career readiness while in high school
A copy of the report the Board received, including the District’s Academic Goals for 2012-2014, is available here.