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Lincoln-Way Board of Education Receives Illinois State Report Card and SAT/PSAT Update
Thursday, December 17, 2020

At the December 17, 2020 meeting, the Lincoln-Way 210 Board of Education received an update on the 2019-2020 Illinois State Report Card.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education offered states a waiver of all federally required assessments, summative designations, and many reporting requirements for the Illinois Report Card for the 2019-2020 school year.

School districts in the State of Illinois will be operating under the same Summative Designations as the 2018-2019 school year. All Lincoln-Way Schools will continue with the EXEMPLARY designation.

Below are some highlights from the report card:
• The Graduation Rate has remained high at 95% compared to 96% the previous year.
• 9th Grade on Track has increased from 96% to 97%.
• Students participating in Early College Coursework has increased from 38.3% to 41.9%.
o This includes AP courses and Dual Credit Courses.
More details can be found at www.illinoisreportcard.com.

SAT/PSAT Update
The Board of Education also received an update on the District’s SAT/PSAT results.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education offered states a waiver of all federally required assessments during the spring. The class of 2021 did not participate in the typical spring administration of the SAT Assessment, instead these students were tested on October 14, 2020. While these results will not be used in any of the state reporting for the 2020-2021 school year, the information shares the overall results of the Class of 2021 SAT and the Class of 2022 PSAT/NMSQT Assessment.

A few key SAT highlights are below:
• All three LW High Schools continue to outperform the State of Illinois in overall performance and percentages of students meeting both benchmarks in EBRW and Math performance.
• In all areas, the class of 2021 made improvements from the PSAT/NMSQT, taken in the fall of their Junior Year.
o Overall growth in EBRW: 22 (compared to 16 point growth for class of 2020)
o Overall growth in MATH: 23 (compared to a 33 point growth for class of 2020)
• 54% of the class of 2021 met both EBRW and Math Benchmarks.

A few key PSAT highlights are below:
• The PSAT/NMSQT is not a mandated assessment for the State of Illinois.
• Statewide there was a 50% reduction in the number of students taking the PSAT/NMSQT.
• Lincoln Way continues to provide the PSAT/NMSQT to all of our 11th grade students.
• The overall growth from the previous assessment (PSAT 9, Spring of 2019) for the LW class of 2022 was 49 points.
• An analysis was given to department chairs focusing on individual sections and areas of improvement to assist in teachers preparing students for the SAT in the spring.