District 55 School Board Meeting

Tara Dean shared information on an E.S.E.A. Waiver recently released by the State Department of Education. It concerns school and district ratings. The ESEA Waiver, which was directed by President Obama on August 8, 2011 to the Secretary of Education, was designed to move forward with plans to provide flexibility to states which are looking for greater relief under the No Child Left Behind Act instituted by former President George W. Bush. Mrs. Dean said she was pleased with the performance of the district’s schools for their achievements on the first round of the waver. She said “We had Ten of eleven schools that met or exceeded state standards.”

Dean also reported the ACT Scores for the district’s one hundred fifteen seniors who took the standardized tests. That number was down from one hundred twenty three test takers last year. This year’s composite scores rose from last year’s seventeen point nine to this year’s eighteen point five. The statewide composite scores were nineteen point nine for both years.

The individual subject scores for the district were for Eighteen point six in English, compared to the state mean score of nineteen point one, Math scores were nineteen point one, compared to the state score of twenty point one, Reading scores were eighteen point six compared to the state score of twenty point one and Science eighteen point five as compared to the state mean score of nineteen point nine.

The final item of the Curriculum and instruction section was Tara Dean’s Monday night report on summer curriculum activities and professional development.