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Lemont High School makes AYP, sees progress in test scores

LEMONT – Lemont High School District 210 made Adequate Yearly Progress in all areas, though the district is more excited by the progress the test scores show.

The basic requirement for schools to make AYP is for 92.5 percent of students to meet or exceed standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam. However, schools can also reach the benchmark by meeting the Safe Harbor Targets.

Safe Harbor Targets only apply to subgroups of 45 students or more. The number of students not reaching AYP standards within the subgroup must decrease by 10 percent compared to the previous year.

According to the State Report Card, Lemont High School's only qualified subgroup is white students.

District 210 spokesman Tony Hamilton said the district prefers to focus on whether students are showing improvement, rather than its AYP status.

"I think the most important thing is that we've shown progress from one year to the next," he said.

According to the release, 72.5 percent of the class of 2014 students who took the PSAE met or exceeded standards. This is the second highest percentage of students to reach standards since the school implemented the exam.

The percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards in science was the highest in school history at 73.4 percent.

The percentages for reading and mathematics were 73.7 and 71.4, respectively.

The class of 2013 scored an average of 22.2 on the ACT, with 63.2 percent earning at least a 21.

The Illinois State Board of Education has determined 21 to be the score that represents students are ready for college course work, the release said.

According to the release, this is the first year the ACT has included scores of all students, including those with special accommodations. Because of that, the average score was lower than in previous years.

Superintendent Mary Ticknor said the school's results in all areas have been consistently above the state average.

"While we're pleased with those results, we're always about continuous improvements," she said.

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