On Oct. 31, the 2018 Illinois School Report cards were released for all public school districts in the state. This year, Illinois is launching a new Support and Accountability system as part of the report card process. This system is based on 10 areas of growth — click here to learn more about this new system. Each year these data elements will provide insight into areas that are cause for celebration, and they will also identify areas for growth and opportunity.
Overall, District 233 has been designated as Commendable by the new rating system. The following is a brief snapshot of this year’s report card, which can be found in total by clicking here….
- The Class of 2018 had a graduation rate of 96% with more than 85% of our students attending two- or four-year colleges and universities (based on National Student Clearinghouse data, plus additional university stats from schools that are not reported as part of this data).
- Last year, almost 800 courses were taken for early college credit (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Dual Credit courses), in addition to H-F’s career and technical education (CTE) courses.
- H-F freshman classes continue to perform well with 91% on track towards graduation.
- Overall, H-F students had a 93% attendance rate with a limited mobility rate of just 4%.
H-F students’ average SAT score, 1006-1010, continues to remain stable, whereby providing us with valuable information that informs our school-improvement plans and curriculum development and alignment. This is a key area of focus for our district, as we work to increase the percentage of students who meet or exceed proficiency levels. H-F is focused on continuing to improve the academic achievement of all students, but notably, closing the opportunity gap between our students by eliminating barriers and by providing added academic and social-emotional supports.
H-F is well-equipped to accomplish this work with a student-teacher ratio of 17:1, a teacher retention rate of 92%, and with more than 77% of teachers holding at least one master’s degree. H-F continues its mission of providing each student with the educational opportunities necessary to optimize success in a supportive, dynamic and enriching environment.
In early November, District 233 will begin the next stage of its strategic-planning process. Nearly 100 community stakeholders will come together for two days (Nov. 9 & 10) to develop the school’s priorities for the next five years. Later in the month — on Tuesday, Nov. 20 — staff will unpack the details of this year’s report card in a presentation format and share information related to academic achievement and other indicators of student success during District 233’s Board of Education meeting (7:30 p.m. in the school library); I encourage you to attend this informative meeting.
This important and continuous work could not be accomplished without a community that supports our students and staff. H-F is a very special place; we are supported by parents and community members who are engaged and committed to the success of our children, and for that we are incredibly grateful.
— Superintendent Dr. Von Mansfield