Next week, Illinois will release a report card on all public school districts, but West Aurora School District 129 already has released data showing a slip in scores for 2009 compared to the previous year.
According to the Daily Herald, the bar for what is considered "adequate yearly progress" continues to rise each year. Last year, it was 62.5% that passed reading and math tests, but for 2009, it is 70%. Next year, the standard is 77.5% and by 2014, all school districts will be measured at 100%.
"West Aurora High School failed both this year, as the subgroup's reading score dipped from 64.1 to 62.4 and math went down to 61.4. Black and Hispanic students were deemed to have failed again in reading, even though a higher percentage of those students passed the test. For the 2009 report, 33.7 percent of black students passed, up from 27.2; 35.4 percent of Hispanic students succeeded, compared to 28.7 last year."
Two schools passed in the district, both in North Aurora. Goodwin Elementary School and Jewel Middle School.
The article also reports West Aurora High School's overall graduation rate fell from 79.1% to 73.6%. For 2009, 82.9% of white students graduated, 69.5% of black students and 62% of Hispanic students with the state standard of 78%.