Just the Facts: Winnetka District 36 feb2011

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The data in this presentation is publicly available information about Winnetka District 36 schools. We urge residents to attend School Board meetings to demonstrate concern, demand improvement and hold our administrators accountable for high-quality schools.

The next School Board meeting is:
Tuesday, February 22 at 7:15 at Washburne

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  • The data presented here has been fact-checked and sourced. More information about the sources of data:
    1) The math data came via a 'Freedom of Information Act' request by a resident who had attended a Board meeting where the staff revealed the presence of district-wide math assessment data. The staff did not show the data, but assured people the ISAT shows students are doing well.
    2) The ISAT data is available to anyone online.
    3) Most of the community survey data is online, but the District chose to hide the school-wide performance scores, insisting it was the job of each principal to share that information with parents. Someone collected the different pieces of data to make this chart.
    4) Administrative pay is available online. The data about Cheever being the highest paid elementary principal in the state was confirmed by the consultants who led the superintendent focus groups and then also confirmed by the interim superintendent.

    It is very troubling that our District is concealing important performance data. Raises many questions. Please come to School Board meetings. And a word of caution about choosing to go to your local principal: there is no policy that requires a principal to track and report about complaints or concerns. if you write to your principal, we recommend you copy the superintendent and board members.
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Just the Facts: Winnetka District 36 feb2011

  1. 1. Just the Facts: Data about Winnetka District 36 Schools February 2011
  2. 2. On the District-wide math assessment, performance varies widely across schools. % Correct *current 5 th grade class Source: District 36, obtained by request and guidelines of the Freedom of Information Act
  3. 3. The disparity in math performance across schools holds for 3 rd graders as well. % Correct *current 4 th grade class Source: District 36, obtained by request and guidelines of the Freedom of Information Act
  4. 4. 75% of students in surrounding districts complete Algebra I by 8 th grade but only 50% in Winnetka. Surrounding Districts Winnetka Source: Mary Herrmann, 2009; surrounding districts include New Trier feeder districts and Barrington Students Completing Algebra I by 8 th Grade
  5. 5. 5 schools, 5 different math curricula, with some deemed ineffective by the U.S. Department of Education. *Source: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Reports/Topic.aspx?tid=04 Algebra textbook not the same as the one used at New Trier. Washburne CMP was found to have no discernible effects on math achievement.” Connected Mathematics (CMP) Skokie Teachers choose the curricula they prefer. Hubbard Woods No studies of Investigations in Number, Data, and Space ® that fall within the scope of the Elementary School Math review protocol meet What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. Investigations in Number, Data and Space (TERC) Crow Island Everyday Mathematics ® was found to have potentially positive effects on math achievement for elementary students. University of Chicago’s Everyday Math (also used in Glencoe and Wilmette) Greeley U.S. Department of Education Rating* Curriculum
  6. 6. Winnetka D36 scores the lowest of all New Trier feeder districts on the ISAT writing assessment with 27% of students failing to meet state standards. Source: https://iirc.niu.edu/ Above Standards Below Standards 96% 89% 84% 86% 79% 73%
  7. 7. Performance across Winnetka‘s elementary schools varies widely. Source: https://iirc.niu.edu/ Above Standards Below Standards 81% 86% 57%
  8. 8. Overall parent dissatisfaction is 3-5 times higher than in comparable districts. 1.9 57% 2.8 60% 3.1 39%* 1.9 39%* 1.9 79% vs. benchmark response rate Percent of respondents Benchmark 8-12% dissatisfaction source: School Perceptions, survey firm who has worked with over 9,000 schools, 12% is the average range dissatisfaction for similar suburban schools Community Survey, Fall 2009: % Parents Not Satisfied
  9. 9. Administrative pay is high, with the Hubbard Woods principal being the highest paid elementary principal in the state. *Highest paid elementary principal in the state. $104,500 Highest paid elementary principal in Glencoe $132,215 Highest paid elementary principal in Wilmette $87,390 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, average elementary and secondary principal salary $126,952 Deirdre (Lyne) Churchill, principal Crow Island (80% time, worked 4 days/week) $151,298 Susan Hugebeck, principal Greeley $172,634 plus $25k healthcare stipend* Maureen Cheever, principal Hubbard Woods 2009 Salary
  10. 10. What’s Up with Hubbard Woods? <ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On the District-wide year end math assessment, Hubbard Woods 3 rd graders* score below Greeley in every category (2-12 points lower). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On the District-wide year end math assessment, Hubbard Woods 4 th graders* score below Greeley in every category (range of 6-21 points lower). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hubbard Woods lacks a standardized math curriculum. Instead, each teacher selects the curricula and materials he or she prefers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ISAT Writing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>42% of Hubbard Woods 3 rd graders fail to meet state standards on the ISAT writing assessment, scoring the lowest in the District. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parent Dissatisfaction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With 79% of parents responding, 49% of Hubbard Woods parents are dissatisfied or highly dissatisfied with school performance. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administrative Pay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maureen Cheever is the highest paid elementary principal in the state of Illinois. </li></ul></ul>

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