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District 53 ranks high on ISAT scores

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 10:25 a.m. CDT

OAK BROOK – The District 53 Board of Education heard a report on academic assessments from Superintendent Heidi Wennstrom Dec. 9 on the recent Illinois standardized test scores.

On all tests and at all grade levels combined, 94 percent of Butler students met or exceeded state standards on the ISATS, according to the board report. It was the highest ranking of all similar school districts to which the district compares itself.

While it was a drop from the previous year, and was expected, the decrease was only slight compared to some schools that saw a 25 percent decrease in its scores. Two factors accounted for the state-wide decrease. The state changed the way it measured its scoring, making it harder for students to meet or exceed state standards and also inserted more difficult questions on about 20 percent of the test, according to the report.

Both moves reflect the transition to the more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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