Oak Brook District 53 well above federal testing standards
Updated: November 26, 2012 6:05AM
OAK BROOK — Butler Elementary District 53 met federal standards on the 2012 Illinois School Report Card.
District administration released the report card at Monday night’s School Board meeting.
As part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which requires all public schools to meet minimum standards on student testing, the percentage of students required to meet or exceed test standards has increased each year since 2003. The requirement started at 40 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards and is set to reach 100 percent in 2014. The target was 85 percent for 2012 in both math and reading.
The Illinois Standards Achievement Test is given to students in third through eighth grade. Reading and math are tested in those grades; science is included in tests given to students in fourth- and seventh-grades, but is not included in yearly progress assessments.
As a district, 99.3 percent of tested students in Butler 53 met or exceeded state standards in math, an improvement from 98.5 percent in 2011. The 2012 results included 100 percent meeting or exceeding standards at Brook Forest Elementary and 98.7 percent at Butler Junior High.
In reading, 98.9 percent of tested students districtwide met or exceeded state standards, the same as was the case in 2011. In 2012, it was 99.2 percent meeting or exceeding standards at Brook Forest and 98.7 percent at Butler Junior High.
“We’re very proud of the achievement of our students,” said Superintendent Sandra Martin of District 53. “We give a lot of credit to our students for their hard work, along with our teachers and parents.
“We work each year to help every single student in District 53, and we have a wonderful intervention program to help students when we identify an issue or a problem.”