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Student achievement: 8 facts and stats from District 200

During Community Unit School District 200's Engage200 community engagement process Feb. 19 at Monroe Middle School, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services Faith Dahlquist discussed district student achievement.

Below are eight facts and statistics from the presentation:

1. District 200 was recognized as an "Academic 'Outperformer'" by Standard and Poor's School Evaluation Services.

2. The district has been named to the College Board's Annual AP Honor Roll for AP participation and test scores four consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report also named District 200 schools among the top 3 percent of high schools nationwide.

3. Dahlquist identified low income students and English language learners as two of the most important groups to consider when looking at student achievement. Both groups have increased in recent years. There were 839 low income students tested in grades 3 to 8 in 2006. Now, there are more than 1,500. Those tested with limited English proficiency grew from 31 in 2006 and 724 in 2013.

4. Children who have been in the district since kindergarten out-performed those who entered District 200 later on the Illinois State Reading Test.

5. About 25 percent of students are considered low income – nearly double the percentage at Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and St. Charles Community Unit School District 303.

6. District 200 spends an average $7,174 per pupil. The next two comparable districts, Barrington Community Unit School District 220 and Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, spend $8,255 and $7,926 per pupil, respectively.

7. District 200 has one administrator for every 283 students. Barrington 220 has one for every 205 and Naperville 203 has one for every 216.

8. District 200 has no math intervention teachers at the elementary level.

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