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District 204 sees test scores on the rise

Updated: March 2, 2013 6:41AM



The good news for students and their parents in Indian Prairie School District 204 is that test scores are continuing to climb.

Monday’s meeting of the school board for Indian Prairie School District 204 was highlighted by a presentation given by Patrick Nolten, executive director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation for the district, who presented an annual overview of the board’s goals and how the district’s students have performed for nearly a decade.

There is an upward trajectory, Nolten said, “of all three measures we use.”

“Our three goals include that the average percentage of students meeting the ‘exceeds’ category as measured by the ISAT, IAA, and PSAE tests would improve anywhere from 4 to 10 percent and we’re doing that,” Nolten told the board. “Our Explore, Plan, and ACT scores are also up, as well as those of our subgroups, including minorities and free and reduced lunch groups.”

Nolten stressed that district-wide, “reading, math, and science scores have improved since 2006” and said that implementing changes in the curriculum “based on Common Core Standards as well as offering ongoing development programs for teachers and staff” are factors contributing to the district’s consistent improvement.

“The data shows we clearly are doing something right here, and we continue to make an outstanding staff even better as well as keeping our assessment focused on formative assessments,” Nolten said.

Board members also learned that the district’s ACT average, which Nolten said “has been shown to be a reasonable measure of achievement upon completing a K-12 education,” has risen from 22.3 to 24.2 since 2003.

“Most people have no idea how hard it is to get an average score to climb that much,” he said, adding that the state of Illinois average is around 20.9. “This is clear evidence we must be doing something right.”



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