State Report Cards for the district and both schools for the 2016-2017 school year are now available here.
Among the highlights to be celebrated:
-- From 2016 to 2017, the percentage of Highlands students who met or exceeded state standards on the state assessments increased over 4% to 71%!
-- 71% of Highlands' Middle School students met or exceeded standards in 2017, a 2% increase from the previous year!
-- 72% of Highlands' Elementary School students met or exceeded standards, an 8% increase from 2016 and a 14% increase from 2015!
-- Looking at surrounding and comparable suburban districts (a total of 13 districts), only four districts had over 70% of students meeting/exceeding state standards: Western Springs 101, Avoca 37, Butler 53, and HIGHLANDS!
-- We saw a significant decrease in the achievement gap for three demographic groups:
A. From 2016 to 2017, Low Income Students who met or exceeded state standards increased from 34% to 44%!
B. From 2016 to 2017, the students receiving English Language services who met or exceeded state standards increased from 20% to 32%!
C. From 2016 to 2017, students with disabilities who met or exceeded state standards increased from 21% to 32%!
-- Related to "C" above: At Highlands, over 84% of students with disabilities receive their instruction inside the general education classroom at least 80% of the school day!! For our peer districts, that number is 60% and the state average is just 53%.