Each year the State of Illinois shares schools’ and districts’ Illinois Report Cards as a way to help keep the community informed as to each school’s and district’s performance. Please click on this link to access the Illinois District Report Card for Avoca School District 37. That link will take you to the state’s “traditional” report card format. An interactive report card for all of the district’s in the state is accessible from this link. This is the site that’s more fun and easier to poke around in my opinion.
Both report cards share student and staff demographic data, and information regarding the district’s finances, as well as the academic results. Student performance on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the state’s mandated test for students in grades 3 through 8, is reported by grade level and by academic subject, either English Language Arts (ELA) or Mathematics.
I encourage you to visit these sites to see how Avoca is doing. The interactive site has a feature that lets you compare schools. Unfortunately, there is not an option for comparing districts. I say unfortunately, because Avoca School District 37 is one of the highest performing school districts in the entire state, and we compare exceptionally favorably with our New Trier Township peers! You should be proud to be a part of the Avoca community!
I, too, am very proud of the hard work that your students and teachers put in to be as successful as they are. I also must credit everyone else who makes Avoca function so well day in and day out. None of this happens in a vacuum. From the bus drivers who get our kids to school to the principals who greet them at the doors, Avoca is fortunate to have such hard working, caring professionals supporting us! Our parents are also a huge part of our success, and I thank you, too!
Now with all of my goings on about how impressed I am by our scores, I do need to point out that the PARCC test reflects one moment in time for our students. All of our eggs are not in that basket, but it is one that is most obvious to many people and the media. I should also point out that because of our size, small fluctuations in results both up and down should be expected, but it is the larger ones that we look at from a celebration and “opportunity for improvement” standpoint. If you have any questions about the information here, please reach out to your school principals, our Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator, Jennie Winters, or me.