Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel
Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel

Community Unit School District 200

130 West Park Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60189

P: 630.682.2000 F: 630.682.2227

www.cusd200.org December 11, 2015
Student Achievement Update rosengren
 
District 200 Community,

The State has released student performance data from last year’s State mandated tests throughout the fall months, including the Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). As with any assessment, PARCC data is one snapshot of data to be used along with other sources of data. I’d like to share several student performance highlights with you.

Overall Student Performance
  • Our ACT composite is 23.4 for the Class of 2015 – a score that is significantly higher than the State average of 20.5 and the National average of 21.0. 
  • Approximately 1,200 students at the high school level took an Advanced Placement (AP) course. Nearly 41% of all our high school students scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam. 
  • Of last year’s high school freshmen, 93.4% are on track to graduate in 2018. 
  • Of our English Language (EL) students, 20% or 244 attained English proficiency and exited the EL program which well above the State suggested 12%. 
  • Two of our elementary schools, Emerson and Longfellow, received Blue Ribbon Ribbon designation from the U.S. Department of Education, a top honor at the national level. 
PARCC
  • In reviewing results, District 200 students performed at high levels when compared to State averages. 
  • In the area of math, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards was up to 23 percentage points higher than the State average. 
  • Student performance was even higher in the area of English, where the percentage meeting or exceeding standards was up to 29 percentage points higher than the State average. 
Over the past two years, the way the State assesses student performance has changed. In 2013, the State moved away from the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) and introduced the Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in 2014/15 with students taking the PARCC for the first time last spring.

At our October 28th Board of Education Meeting, Faith Dahlquist, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, delivered a presentation on our student performance data. She provided a follow-up presentation regarding the PARCC assessment at the December 9th Board of Education Meeting. I invite you view the presentations and videos on our website. You can also view the 2015 School Report Cards for all of our schools as well.

Our students continue to demonstrate high levels of learning as measured through our District 200 local assessments and standardized state assessments. This is the first year of results from the PARCC assessments and those baseline results will serve as an additional data point in the ongoing evaluation of our learning programs.

Dr. Jeff Schuler
Superintendent of Schools
  
Online Courses for High School Students 
High school students and parents, did you know we offer 14 online learning courses during the academic year and five courses during the summer? Our district has partnered with Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204 to create the Expanding Learning Opportunities Consortium, eLo. eLo provide students with quality instruction delivered virtually by innovative and passionate teachers from within the consortium. We have had over 1,500 successful course completions since we launched in 2014. Students may access their course from anyplace and anytime they choose. To learn more about the program, please visit eLo at www.eloconsortium.org.
 
Electronic School Bag
Calendar Approval
On Wednesday, the Board of Education adopted the 2016-17 School Calendar. View the message and calendar sent to families online.
 
New Policy Postings for Public Review
On Wednesday, the Board approved to post several new or revised policies for public review. Comments can be directed to Dr. Robert Rammer at robert.rammer@cusd200.org. 
 
New Curriculum Posting for Public Review
On Wednesday, the Board approved to post new elementary science standards. Comments can be directed to Faith Dahlquist at faith.dahlquist@cusd200.org. 
 
Upcoming Board Meetings 
Wed., January 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Madison Elementary 
 
Sat., January 23 at 9:00 a.m.
Chat with the Board
School Service Center
 
Wed., January 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Committee of the Whole
School Service Center 
 
To view Board Meeting Agendas, highlights from previous Board Meetings and more, click here.
 
Upcoming Events
Going out to eat? Support our local PTAs. Click HERE for a full listing of Cook’s Night Out events.
 
Cypress Tree Sale - District 200 vocational students, who are employed by We Grow Dreams, in West Chicago, have decorated and are selling mini cypress Christmas trees. The cost is $20 and those interested can email: kimberly.graziano@cusd200.org.
We will deliver your purchase to your school doorstep. Proceeds support ongoing training for students in the District's Transition Program. 
 
Wheaton North Holly Dazzle Sale -  December 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m. Mark your calendars for the annual Wheaton North Falconwear (Spirit Wear) Holly Dazzle Sale. Door 26, located in the back of the school, will be open for easy access.We will also be selling on Sunday, December 13th, 1pm- 4pm outside of the Schomas Theater.
 
WWS Holiday Pops Concert - December 12 at 7:00 p.m. at WWS Orange & Black Gym. See the details here. 
 
Bower Bobcat Holiday Craft Show - Saturday, December 12 from 10am to 3pm at Bower. Large selection of crafts, food, free goodies are available. See the flier for full details. 
 
School's Out Sports Camps
Check out these sports camps offered by District 200 staff during winter break! 
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
ph 630-682-2469  e erica.loiacono@cusd200.org   erica.loiacono@cusd200.org
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