It's report card day for Illinois elementary and secondary schools. The Illinois State Board of Education has revamped its evaluations to make the online information look like more than just the test scores.
“Some of these changes include higher, more rigorous standards, known as the Common Core,” says state schools superintendent Chris Koch. “We've set higher performance standards on ISAT. The growth model metric shows how each school has grown from one year to the next.”
Koch says a school’s climate is also reflected in the report card in what he describes as a more user-friendly format.
“By raising the ISAT cut scores in reading and math,” says ISBE director of assessment Mary O'Brian, “we are expecting a higher performance. We've seen the expected drop in student performance. It does not, however, reflect on students as groups or individuals, but just a reflection of our raising the bar.”