School Report Cards Released

School Report Cards Reflect Growth, Quality Environment
Posted on 10/30/2019
Illinois Report Card

The Illinois State Board of Education released the annual school report card on Oct. 30, 2019, which measures district and school progress on a wide range of educational goals. District 28 results show steady growth in student performance and a quality school environment. 

This is the second year that schools are receiving a summative designation from the state based on eight indicators of academic success and school quality. There are four designations: Exemplary, Commendable, Underperforming and Lowest-Performing. All District 28 schools received Exemplary or Commendable designations. 


Academic success is based on English language arts and math scores on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, which was taken in spring 2019 by students in grades 3-8; English Learners’ proficiency as tested on the ACCESS assessment; and the Dynamic Learning Maps assessment taken by students with cognitive disabilities. The state assessment attempts to measure proficiency in the Illinois Learning Standards, which are outlined by grade and category.


Student performance is measured overall and for any subgroups of more than 20 students per school. Subgroups include five major ethnic groups, economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and English Learners. These core academic indicators make up 75% of each school’s overall rating.


The other 25% of the school’s rating is divided between results of the state-designed “Five Essentials Survey on school climate and culture and the school’s chronic absenteeism rate. The Five Essentials Survey is taken annually by parents, staff and students who are in fourth through eighth grade. The school’s chronic absenteeism rate is calculated by the percentage of students who miss 10 percent or more of the school year with excused or unexcused absences. 


New this year, the report card also provides site-based expenditures – an estimate of how much money the district spends per student per school. In District 28 there is very little variance among the three elementary schools.


Assessment Results

The year 2019 marked a new year in state assessments. The former PARCC test was replaced with the Illinois Assessment of Readiness. The questions on the IAR were the same style questions as PARCC, though the assessments were shorter in length. With the state committing to this style of standardized assessment, the district placed new focus on exposing students to IAR-type questions into classroom work for both English language arts and math. That work, along with curriculum alignment and development in instructional practices continues this school year. School principals highlighted improvement efforts in a presentation to the Board of Education on Oct. 22.


When combining all grades and schools, the percent of students meeting or exceeding expectations on English language arts climbed 6 points in 2019 to 68%. Individual averaged school scores range from 72 percent to 66 percent.


In math, district-wide scores increased 4 points to 66 percent of all students meeting or exceeding expectations. Meadowbrook School saw the highest average, where 76 percent of students meet or exceed expectations in math.


The Illinois Science Assessment is taken by fifth-grade and eighth-grade students. Results show a combined score of 79 percent proficient in 2019 for the district, up 8 points over the previous year.

View the full district report on the IAR results for additional details. 


The Board of Education will review IAR results as compared to nearby districts as well as MAP assessment results at their November 26 meeting.

To see a complete list of assessments the district uses to evaluate student achievement and alignment to state learning standards, please visit our assessment page. 

2019 State School Report Card Links

The 2019 State Report Cards will be released on Oct. 30, 2019 through

District 28
Northbrook Junior High
Greenbriar School
Meadowbrook School
Westmoor School