ALLENDALE — The Illinois State Board of Education's 2016-2017 school report card for school districts provides a snapshot of the performance of schools. Every year, students in grades 3-8 take the PARCC standardized tests. High school juniors are tested using the SAT.

After combining all the test scores from the PARCC assessment tests and the SAT, the state measure the academic success of the district. Allendale District 17 only has PARCC testing for their 3-8 grades students. Allendale Superintendent Bob Bowser said he is pleased with the school district's report card.

"We are not perfect by any means, but we are doing a darn good job as shown by the scores in the report card," said Bowser. The percentage for all grades in the district meeting or exceeding expectations in the test was 34 percent which is also the state average.

Bowser was also pleased with the increase in performance for low income students. In 2016, non-low income students out performed low income students by 19 percent. In 2017, low income students out scored non-low income students by 2 percent. Low income students in the district are performing better than the state average.

"I think that low class size does help. Students get more one-on-one attention. I also credit our teachers for doing an outstanding job," said Bowser.

The following is a break down of basic averages for each grade, which is included on the report card.

Third Grade

The third grade class size in Allendale last year was 10 compared to the state average of 20.3 students in the classroom. Third grade students in Allendale District 17 who met or exceeded test score expectations were 53 percent compared to the 36 percent state average. In a breakdown of those numbers, 60 percent of third graders in Allendale met or exceeded expectations in math which exceeds the state average of 39.2 percent and 50 percent met or exceeded expectations in English/ language arts compared to the state's 36.2 percent.

Fourth Grade

The fourth grade class size in Allendale last year was 15 compared to the state average of 21.4 students in the classroom. Fourth grade students in Allendale District 17 that met or exceeded test score expectations were 33 percent compared to the state average of fourth graders which was 32 percent. In a breakdown of those numbers, 40 percent of fourth graders in Allendale met or exceeded expectations in math which exceeds the states average of 30.8 percent. Allendale 26.7 percent of fourth graders met or exceeded expectations in English/ language arts, below the state average of 37.1 percent.

Fifth Grade

The fifth grade class size in Allendale last year was 16 compared to the state average of 21.3 students in the classroom. Nineteen percent of Allendale's fifth grade students met or exceeded test score expectations. The state average for fifth graders meeting or exceeding PARCC testing scores were 31 percent. There were 31.3 percent of Allendale's fifth graders who met or exceeded expectations in English/ language arts and 12.5 percent in math. Both of those are below the state averages of 36.6 percent meeting or exceeding English/language arts and 29.6 percent in math.

Sixth Grade

The six grade class size in Allendale last year was 14 compared to the state average of 21.3 students in the classroom. Sixth grade students in Allendale District 17 who met or exceeded test score expectations were 13 percent compared to the 30 percent state average. None of Allendale's sixth grade students met expectations in English/ language arts and 21.4 percent of students met or exceeded expectations in math. Both of those fall below the state averages of 34.9 percent for English/ language arts and 28.1 percent for math.

Seventh Grade

The seventh grade class size in Allendale last year was 12 compared to the state average 21.3 students in the classroom. Seventh grade students in Allendale District 17 who met or exceeded test score expectations were 25 percent compared to the 33 percent state average. Thirty-three percent of Allendale's seventh grade students met expectations in English/language arts and 16.7 percent met or exceeded expectations in math. Both of those fall below the state averages of 40 percent for English/ language arts and 27.2 percent for math.

Eighth Grade

The eighth grade class size in Allendale last year was 13, compared to the state average of 20.6 students in the classroom. Eighth grade students in Allendale District 17 who exceeded test score expectations were 69 percent, compared to the 33 percent state average. There were 69.2 percent of Allendale's eighth grade students met expectations in English/ language arts and 69.2 percent of students met or exceeded expectations in math. Eighth grade students in Allendale exceeded the state averages of 34.9 percent for English/ language arts and 28.1 percent for math.

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