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Education

District 99 releases report on state of the district

DOWNERS GROVE – Community High School District 99 released a report on the state of the district at its July 20 meeting.

The 14-page document highlights the district's goals, actions officials have taken to meet those goals and goal results.

The Board of Education and district administrators did not discuss the goals. Superintendent Mark McDonald said they did not go over the goals one by one because it was late in the evening when the item was reached on the agenda.

"We have made an effort over the past year to review and discuss the most important part of our goals," he said.

Two highlights among goals reached, he said, are the district's increase in personal devices and the development of a master facility plan.

Board President Nancy Kupka commended the report and the goals the district has accomplished.

The report highlights seven areas: curriculum, instruction and assessment; facilities; technology; resources – including staff and finances; communications; community and innovation. Each section contains tasks, actions and results.

Regarding curriculum, the report stated 89 percent of all grades in the district were an A, B or C.

Success was also reported for the district's Advancement Via Individual Determination program, a college readiness curriculum for freshmen and sophomores that is entering its third year.

The GPAs of students in the program are slightly lower than the average of the entire class, but the report attributes that to the program's course lineup including honors or accelerated classes, which are more challenging. There are 135 students enrolled in the program for 2015-16.

Districtwide, 45 percent of students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes in 2014-15, an increase of 6.5 percent over the past five years.

The district had a goal to implement a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum. Two new classes were introduced in 2014-15 and both are experiencing enrollment growth.

To improve technology, the district will implement Google Drive in 2015-16, which will help with the incorporation of 1-to-1 technology.

Facilities goals include improving facilities, completing the district's master plan and executing a facility maintenance plan. Steps toward accomplishing these are in progress.

McDonald said there will be a follow-up presentation in the fall once the district receives results from the ACT, PARCC and AP tests.

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