Superintendent's Message

 

Dear Elwood School Parents / Guardians:

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released our annual School Report Card on October 31st. The Report Card shows how well our school is performing overall including the academic growth of our students. We are very proud to announce the state has given Elwood School an “Exemplary” summative designation. We welcome this designation and the opportunity to build on the talent and hard work of our incredible teachers and students to earn this well-deserved summative designation.

An “Exemplary” school designation means our performance is in the top 10% of all schools across the State. We have no underperforming student groups. Please see chart below.

School Designations

Exemplary

Commendable

Underperforming

Lowest-Performing

  • Performance in the top 10% of all schools
  • High schools with graduation rate higher than 67%
  • No underperforming student groups at or below the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5% of all schools
  • Eligible to apply to serve as an IL-EMPOWER Learning Partner
  • Performance not in the top 10% of all schools
  • High schools with graduation rate higher than 67%
  • No underperforming student groups at or below the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5% of all schools
  • Eligible to apply to serve as an IL-EMPOWER Learning Partner
  • One or more student groups underperforming at or below the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5% of all schools; groups must have at least 20 students in at least three indicators
  • Completes a Work Plan for School Improvement and provided targeted support through IL-EMPOWER process
  • In the lowest-performing 5% of Title I eligible schools statewide
  • High schools with graduation rate at or below 67%
  • Completes a Work Plan for School Improvement and provided comprehensive support through IL-EMPOWER process

Our “Exemplary” summative designation displays the high expectations we hold for all students. We believe every student can meet our expectations with the right supports. The state’s new support and accountability system is designed to provide each school the supports and resources we need to reach our goals. Thank you for your continued partnership to ensure every child at Elwood School is thriving.

Our school is the strongest when we all work together, so I encourage you to participate in our IL 5 Essentials Parent Survey which will be made available to you in December. The data collected from this survey gives us valuable information regarding areas of strength and areas we need to focus on to continue to improve.

Thank you again for your continued support and cooperation in educating all our Elwood School children

Yours in education,

Cathie Pezanoski

Cathie Pezanoski