How does CCSD59 use assessment information?
Assessment information is used to help each individual student within our district. Teachers and staff use the results from various tests to help tailor the learning experience for individual students to help them grow in their areas of weakness and continue to develop areas of strength.
Most importantly, we use assessment information to provide students with feedback to inform their next steps as learners.
Learn more about our students on our Portrait of a Student page.
How do students benefit from assessment information?
As a district, assessment helps CCSD59 shape learning experiences at every school, informs instruction, and impacts decision making. While assessment information is oftentimes used to identify student deficits, we focus on using student information to identify student academic and social strengths.
We want to impact our community and our learners by creating benchmarks for improvement based on these results, which can be powerful for shaping the direction of our district as a whole.
In the fall of 2017, CCSD59 administered a Parent Satisfaction Survey. 1,412 parents and/or guardians responded to the survey. The results are overwhelmingly positive. Parents and guardians are supportive of our schools and district as a whole.
Are either satisfied or highly satisfied with their child’s academic experience in CCSD59
Indicate they agree or strongly agree that their child enjoys going to school.
We utilize a variety of assessments to inform our teaching and learning in order to identify strengths and areas for improvement. Data received from multiple measures such as FAST and PARCC also provide trend data to guide continuous improvement.
Increase in students meeting or exceeding expectations over the course of the last three years on FAST Math
Increase in students meeting or exceeding expectations over the course of the last three years on FAST Reading
of our students have made at least typical growth when compared to similar achieving students in PARCC Math
of our students have made at least typical growth when compared to similar achieving students in PARCC ELA
Just as students bring home a report card, every school and district in Illinois also receives one. The Illinois School Report Card website provides information about Illinois schools and districts including ISAT scores, average class sizes, enrollment and teacher statistics and other important information.
CCSD59 works closely with High School District 214 to ensure that our curriculum and learning aligns with theirs and to monitor the success of our graduates.
CCSD59 high school graduation rate from District 214
D214 overall district graduation rate is 93%
CCSD59 students that graduate high school with early college coursework
D214 overall early college coursework rate is 84%
CCSD59 students that participate in Workplace Learning Experiences
D214 overall district workplace learning rate is 41%
“As research indicates, out-of-school factors like family and neighborhood account for roughly 60 percent of the variance in student test scores; teachers, by contrast—the largest in-school influence—account for only about 10 percent. And test scores convey little else about the many things parents and other stakeholders care about. Consequently, when those external to a school community turn to test scores for information, they are likely to end up with a picture that is both incomplete and inaccurate.”
Would you like to learn more about how CCSD59 measures both student success and the overall district success? Please feel free to contact Superintendent Dr. Art Fessler or Executive Director of Student Growth and Accountability Dr. Josh Carpenter. Or, visit the assessment page under the instruction department.
Dr. Art Fessler
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Josh Carpenter
Executive Director of Student Growth and Accountability