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Eureka-based school district achieves adequate yearly progress in all subjects

Eureka-based school district achieves adequate yearly progress in all subjects

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EUREKA -- Eureka-based District 140 students had achieved adequate yearly progress in all subjects on state-required tests as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Students also scored well above statewide averages in virtually every category measured in 2008-09.

"The team effort exhibited by students, teachers, parents and administrators resulted in higher test scores and all subgroups meeting federal NCLB standards," Assistant Superintendent Mary Ann Manos told the school board this week. "Our district reading and math scores are high, and we increased our average ACT scores at the high school.

"That can only happen when everyone works together."

While the district spends only $4,296 per pupil, which is less than the statewide average of $6,103, the graduating class of 2009 scored a composite 21.6 average on ACT scores, which is above the state average at 20.6.

The district has a graduation rate of 99.2 percent; the state average is 87.1 percent.

The overall average score on all state tests was 87.8, up from 84.4 the previous year and more than 10 points above the state average of 75.5.

Illinois Standards Achievement Test scores came in at 92 for the district, which was up from 90 last year. The state average was 79.8.

Prairie State Achievement Exam scores averaged 71.4, which was up nearly 10 points from the previous year and nearly 20 points above the state average.

Overall alternative test scores, which include special education, were at an average of 78, compared to the state average of 66.5.

The district failed to make AYP for students in the special education category in 2007-08, but succeeded the next year.

"The students and teachers did a good job in trying to close the gap," Superintendent Randy Crump said.

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