State Report Card Data Released: Summative Designation Growth for SD 308 Schools
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State Report Card Data Released:
Summative Designation Growth for SD 308 Schools
Oswego, Ill. (October 28, 2022)- The 2022 Illinois Report Card, which the Illinois State Board of Education prepares annually was released yesterday. The Report Card provides a detailed look at each school’s progress on academics, student success, school culture and climate, and financial investments.
Oswego Community Unit School District 308 is proud to see improvements, despite the past three very challenging years for students, educators, and families. SD 308’s four year graduation rate is 95.7%, exceeding the state average by 8.4%. Additionally, 75% of SD 308 graduates are enrolling in college within 16 months of graduation, exceeding the state average by 10%. Last school year 3,531 students in SD 308 were enrolled in at least one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course, demonstrating opportunities for student exposure and training in careers not requiring college enrollment.
SD 308 students’ academic growth slowed considerably during the pandemic, in line with nationwide trends. Today, SD 308 is happy to report that students’ mathematics growth last school year showed a 3.4% increase in the number of students meeting or exceeding targets. While not yet at pre-pandemic achievement, the district is outpacing growth by over 3% as compared to statewide numbers. There is a district-wide emphasis on student voice and choice to ensure all students have both success and challenge in daily academic instruction.
One component of the School Report Card is the annual summative designation – a descriptor of how well the schools are meeting the needs of all students. This designation is federally required and is based on eight indicators of academic performance. SD 308 demonstrated progress with seven of the schools in the district achieving “exemplary” status, and 13 as “commendable”, while also moving from ten schools “designated for improvement” to none on the annual summative designation.
The district’s progress reflects investments in recruitment and hiring of additional staff to provide academic and behavior supports. There is ongoing work to improve the climate for learning to cultivate safe spaces for all staff and students to learn and grow in. The dedication and commitment of the district’s teaching staff is evident in the 2021-22 teacher retention rate of 91%, which is higher than prior to the pandemic, and higher than the state average.
The district continues to run fiscally efficient, with an operational spend per pupil of $3,000 less than the state average. The overall funding for the district is at 64% adequacy, meaning that the district is operating with $83 million less in resources than what the state considers fully-funded, inclusive of all education cost factors.
“Even though all schools have faced many challenges over the past few years, our schools are continuing to improve,” said Superintendent Dr. John W. Sparlin. “I am very impressed with the ongoing efforts of our staff and community to partner in empowering our students; engaging, supporting, and succeeding!”
SD 308 teachers, administrators, and staff, in partnership with parents and the community, are continuing to focus on our five year plan for improvement, Envision 308. The district encourages all constituents to follow-along on the progress and stay involved with the schools and the district. The public is invited to participate in a Board of Education Public Forum on Monday, November 7 at 7pm, at Traughber Junior High School. The forum will provide an opportunity to hear more about academic achievement, ask questions, and engage with members of the Board of Education and administration on several topic areas.
To review the full State Report Card online, visit www.illinoisreportcard.com. You can review data by district, or by individual school, and view longitudinal data as well as compare state average data.