Lincoln-Way High School District 210 receives outstanding Illinois Report CardWednesday, November 2, 2016
On Monday, October 31, 2016, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released scores ranking district performance for schools throughout the state. The students of Lincoln-Way District 210 earned high scores in various areas, showing year-over-year improvement in multiple categories.
The “Freshmen on Track” report for Lincoln-Way District 210 showed that over 96% of freshmen are on track to graduate. According to the report card, “Freshmen on track is a key predictor of high school success…Research shows that the number of students on track and the graduation rate rise when schools actively intervene by identifying freshmen at risk and providing tutoring, additional instruction, and other individualized services.” Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way West all saw increases in their “Freshmen on Track” report.
Vast improvements in PARCC testing were also apparent. “Even though the state is moving away from PARCC, it’s great to see how much our students improved over the course of one year,” says Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Tim Reilly. “We saw increases across the board, ranging from 23% to 209% in English and mathematics. That’s a credit to the new algebra program and the teachers who helped design and implement it.”
In terms of “College Readiness,” the state classifies “a combined score of 21 on the ACT” as the determining factor for student readiness for college coursework. While 46% is the state average, nearly 70% Lincoln-Way District 210 students are classified as “ready” for college.
The graduation rate of Lincoln-Way District 210 has climbed throughout the past four years. In 2012, the graduation rate was 92%. In 2016, that number jumped to 97%. The state average graduation rate is 85%. “There was a huge push in 2013 to focus on students of all abilities,” says Reilly. “The addition of Educational Options (EdOps) has allowed us to target at-risk students and provide assistance to those teens. EdOps has helped many students graduate who otherwise wouldn’t have.”
Eighty-two percent of students from Lincoln-Way attend a two or four year colleges within 16 months of graduation, in comparison with the state average of 71%. “Although the majority of our students attend college after Lincoln-Way, we also cater to students who have different career goals and other plans,” says Reilly. “Our Career and Tech curriculum readies students for careers in welding, culinary arts and the business world. Our goal to focus on every type of student is part of what makes this district so successful.”
“This is one more great achievement for our students,” says Superintendent Scott Tingley. “I could not be more proud of the academic success and growth over the past few years. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our exceptional educators and staff.”