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SD161 schools earn commendable designation on 2022-23 report card

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) completed the annual school summative designations for the 2022-23 academic year based on criteria from the Illinois school report card. Flossmoor School District 161 reported that all its schools have attained a commendable designation at the Nov. 13 meeting.

The ISBE’s school summative designations involve a comprehensive assessment of multiple measures and accountability indicators, encompassing academic performance, student attendance, and climate survey participation. The titles include exemplary, commendable, targeted support, comprehensive support, and intensive support.

The commendable category signifies that overall performance does not rank in the top 10 percent of schools statewide. No underperforming student groups at these schools are at or below the level of the “all students” group in the lowest 5 percent of schools statewide. The state reserves the exemplary label for the top 10 percent of schools.

These designations are determined based on various measures established by the ISBE. Each standard is assigned a specific weight, contributing to a school’s overall ranking. Growth in math and language arts and attendance make up the majority of metrics used to calculate a school’s standing.

In recent meetings, Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education members have discussed solutions to chronic absenteeism. The board believes that students who miss an excessive amount of school days will be less likely to succeed and grow in the classroom. An early intervention program is in place to identify and assist at-risk students and their families early in the school year.

More information about the IBSR rankings and how District 161 schools faired in the assessment can be found on the district’s board document server.

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