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Study: Plainfield Among Districts with Most Underperforming Schools

Pacific Research Institute reveals surprising findings about middle-class, suburban schools in Illinois.

A study released by California's Pacific Research Institute showed that a large number of suburban school district in Illinois — including Plainfield School District 202 — have underperforming schools.

Based on 2013 ISAT and Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, the study found that District 202 had the highest number of underperforming schools. The district has 22 schools where at least one grade level is underperforming, according to the research.

The study, titled "Not as good as you think: Why middle class parents in Illinois should be concerned about their local public schools," also ranked Yorkville Community Unit School District 115, Downers Grove Grade School District 58 and New Lenox School District 122 among districts with high numbers of underperforming schools.

Click here to read the full study.

The study also found that 12 percent of middle-class suburban schools in Illinois have 50 percent or more students in at least one grade who are at least one grade level behind in math or reading. 

No Daddy Ball June 17, 2014 at 02:49 PM
OK so the facts that the scores on the ISAT tests show that D202 schools are a grade behind means nothing? I think that Grandpamike has an agenda of his own. I came from another public school district in IL, my kids went up a grad level but learned the same things they did the year before. So unless you Grandpamike have had experience in another school district I think you are not qualified to speak on such matters. Also, you are a Grandpamike you have not been in Plainfield schools in a very long time!
No Daddy Ball June 17, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Plainfield First, School board member?
Tim June 17, 2014 at 03:54 PM
NoDaddyBall - think "smaller"...
Brandon June 21, 2014 at 03:00 PM
I don't think some of you read the facts correctly. It did not say that all Plainfield schools and students are a grade behind. It says that several schools have one grade level that is under-performing. You also have to take into account there are several special needs and English as a second language classes that score lower on the Standardized tests. My sons are both doing very well in school and testing WAY above average and that is because of great teachers and us working with them when the have struggles. We love all of our teachers and they are doing the best they can with the restrictions put on them by the district and the state. One problem I see is a whole lot of parents that don't take the time to work with their kids on a daily basis. You can't just send them to school and hope for the best, you have to play an significant role in teaching at home as well.
Gary Gnatz June 21, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Stinky absolutely stinky, this district has in decline for many years, nothing new here.............

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