Sycamore CUSD Receives Annual Report Card from Illinois State Board of Education
The Illinois State Board of Education released its annual report cards on Monday, October 30, 2023, for each school in Illinois. The report cards are just one indicator of how districts and schools are progressing on a range of educational goals.
This year's report cards carry significant achievements for Sycamore Community School District 427, with six out of seven schools being classified as "Commendable" based on the comprehensive data collected and analyzed. These schools include Sycamore High School, Sycamore Middle School, North Elementary School, North Grove Elementary School, South Prairie Elementary School, and West Elementary School.
Our schools are the cornerstone of our community, and the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, and staff are evident in the results. The commitment to empowering our learners to succeed in their world is apparent throughout the district, and it's reflected in the overall performance of our students.
“The schools in our district have consistently performed well over multiple years, and the report cards released by the Illinois State Board of Education this fall confirm that again. The report cards are based on information from the 2022-2023 school year, and they will continue to be one of the data points we use when evaluating how we are performing,” said Mr. Steve Wilder, Superintendent.
Among our schools, Southeast Elementary School was designated as "Targeted." This designation is given when specific performance metrics fall below a state-identified criteria. We want to address this designation with transparency and commitment to improvement.
According to the data, 5.9% of students with a disability at Southeast Elementary are proficient in English Language Arts (ELA), compared to the school's overall average of 28%. Similarly, 11.8% of students with a disability at the school are considered to be proficient in math, while the school's average is 29.2%. With this discrepancy in student performance, we are dedicated to taking the necessary steps to support the students at Southeast Elementary in achieving their full potential.
“Overall, the students and staff at Southeast Elementary continue to do an excellent job, and in many categories, we outperform the state average,” said Wilder. “For many years, the criteria for students who receive special education services was not taken into account for their identified disability. We recognize that, and we remain committed to empowering all of our students for success.”
The Illinois School Report Cards provide our district with valuable insights and a roadmap for continuous improvement. We celebrate the performance of all of our students and staff.