RLA D116 Facing Higher ISAT Test Scores

School Board and Administrators face stricter ISAT scores

With the Round Lake Area D-116 ship floundering in the turbulent waters of State required test scores it appears as though it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Tougher proficiency requirements on state tests have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. With RLA D-116 already well below standards in English language, arts, and math, they now have to deal with the State’s higher cutoff score on the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests for elementary and middle school students. As you can see from the graph below, provided at a recent school board meeting, a high percentage of students do not meet the State’s current test requirements (yellow and red areas).

ISAT Trends 2010 - 2012
ISAT Trends 2010 – 2012

I posted several days ago about the recent school board meeting where many parents voiced their concerns about the “restructuring” plans that D-116 board members will be voting on in the next few days, after they complete a short series of parent and community meetings to “sell’ the idea.

Board President: Grant money is “outside counselling” money

At that meeting a parent asked why the $550,000 grant money was being used for building a school-based clinic rather than buying books and computers. Although the grant money MUST be used for what it was intended and asked for (an SBC) it was interesting to hear School Board President Nanci Radford describe it as being “outside counselling” money. I continue to find it rather amusing that the school board and those who continue to push the school-based clinic are unwilling to acknowledge that State and Federal grant money is still taxpayer’s money and certainly not “outside counselling” money as Radford stated. Below is a short video of that conversation with the parent.
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One Comment

  • Jackie

    I’d like to say that I don’t agree with a health clinic in a school. There are alternatives and choices as in using that money to improve the schools technology department, perhaps having more staff and teachers in a class. I don’t see how it is going to help students grow intellectually. Makes no sense and yes that is taxpayers money.

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