| Nov 4, 2013
With Illinois public schools on the cusp of becoming "majority minority," suburban districts that were once overwhelmingly white are adjusting to their rising Latino enrollment with changes in curriculum and culture.
The newly released 2013 Illinois...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 10:39 PM
The push to toughen state exams for Illinois grade school students triggered widespread drops in 2013 scores, with hundreds of schools in some of the state's poorest communities seeing performances plunge, test results show.
But some schools in affluent...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:49 AM
Earlier this year, educators throughout Illinois braced for more rigorous standardized testing that would likely show plunging passing grades. Now that school report card data is available from the state, near northwest suburbanites are getting their...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 2:11 PM
Downers Grove high school students logged some of their lowest scores in years in the most recent round of state testing, according to recently released data.
State report cards posted on the district's website shows that both schools improved reading...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 9:23 AM
Visit an elementary school at 10 a.m. in the middle of the week for a third-grade dance festival and you'll be lucky to find viewing space on the playground as you stand among parents with cellphones and iPads deployed in order to record the event.
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:26 PM
How do you feel about your buying power over these past few years since the recession supposedly ended? Barely treading water?
You're not alone. Median household income for the nation was flat when adjusted for inflation, at $51,017 last year compared...
| Sep 16, 2013
A petition with 100 signatures from parents urges Valley View School District 365U board officials not to switch to a new standards-based report card for fourth and fifth graders.
At Monday's school board meeting, Romeoville resident and parent...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Destiny Miller went online this summer to check one last set of grades from her senior year at Woodlawn High School — scores on three Advanced Placement exams.
The 18-year-old sat alone on her bed waiting for the scores to appear on her...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 3:41 PM
More than 22,300 Washington County Public Schools system students return to the classroom Wednesday, but their teachers have been busy for days setting up their classrooms ahead of time.
Spanish teacher Lauren Ebersole said she was excited to have her...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 11:45 AM
Report cards for Valley View Community Unit School District 365U students in grades K-3 will look a little different this school year.
District officials will explain the new standards-based report cards at a school board meeting in September, but...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 2:43 PM
When Washington County Public Schools elementary students and parents see the first report card of the school year, it will look significantly different.
Among the most obvious differences: Students will be graded on many more learning objectives, or...