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Students Score Some High Marks on Standardized Tests

The Illinois State Board of Education recently released its annual school report cards.

The Illinois State Board of Education just released its annual school report cards, which grades the performance of every school in the state.

It also provides information on average ACT and Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) scores for high schools, and the average Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) scores for middle and elementary schools. You can see the results for all of the schools in our area in Patch's searchable database.

Our local high schools all ranked among the top 50 high schools in the Chicagoland area, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis. Stevenson High School ranked at No. 9, Libertyville High School was right behind at No. 10 and Vernon Hills High School came in at No. 22.

The report card also shows whether a school or district made annual yearly progress, or AYP, toward state learning goals. This year's state benchmark was 85 percent of students meeting or exceeding the standards in both math and reading. LHS students made AYP in math, with 87.1 percent of students meeting or exceeding state learning standards. The school failed to make AYP in reading, however, with 79.4 percent of students meeting or exceeding the state standards.

At VHHS, students failed to make AYP in both reading and math, with 75.7 percent and 79.3 percent meeting or exceeding the state standards, respectively.

While standardized tests are a part of what determines AYP, it's not the total picture. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, several subgroups are factored into a school and district's performance, including: economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, limited English proficient, students on free or reduced lunch and more.

Here's a look some highlights from our local districts:

Community High School District 128

At Libertyville High School, 87.2 percent of students met or exceeded the state standards on math, while 85.7 percent met or exceeded the state science standards, compared to 51.6 percent and 51.7 percent for the state, respectively. In reading, 79.1 percent of LHS students met or exceeded the standards, compared to 50.7 for the state.

At Vernon Hills High School, 79.6 percent of students met or exceeded the state science standards, while 79.5 percent met or exceeded the math standards. In reading, 75.6 percent of students met or exceeded the standards.

Hawthorn District 73

Fourth-graders at both Hawthorn Elementary South and Townline Elementary performed well in math, with 98.2 percent and 98.0 percent meeting or exceeding the standards, respectively.

Eighth-graders at Hawthorn Middle School South achieved high scores in reading, with 96.3 percent meeting or exceeding the standards.

Libertyville District 70

Students performed well in many areas in District 70. At Butterfield School, for example, 100 percent of fourth-graders met or exceeded the state standards, while 97 percent of fourth-graders met or exceeded the science standards.

At Copeland Manor, 98.7 percent of fifth-graders met or exceeded the standards in both math and reading. At Rockland School, 98.5 percent of students met or exceeded the math standards, as did 98 percent of fourth-graders at Adler Park.

Eighth-graders at Highland Middle School performed well in reading, with 97.1 percent meeting or exceeding state standards.

Oak Grove District 68

Both fourth- and sixth-graders performed well in math, with 97.5 percent and 98.1 percent meeting or exceeding the standards, respectively.

In seventh grade, 97.1 percent of students met or exceeded the science standards.

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