The Evanston School District 65 board tonight will get a report showing test score improvements for Oakton Elementary students in grades 3 through 5 but declines in grades K through 2 after the first year of a curriculum redesign.
The redesign was intended to address low overall academic performance, low enrollment in the African-Centric Curriculum program and a lack of cohesion between the school’s three academic programs – ACC, bilingual and general education.
The progress report contains results of Measure of Academic Progress tests for reading and math and indicates that the percent of all students in grades three through five meeting college readiness benchmarks rose 2.6 percent for reading and 4.1 percent for math.
The percent of all black students meeting college readiness benchmarks rose 6.7 percent for reading and 8.7 percent for math.
The report showed mixed results on the Developmental Reading Assessment.
Eighty percent of students achieved the grade 3 benchmark, which outperformed the district as a whole.
But the percentage of students achieving the benchmark in grades K through 2 fell. The decline hit both students who did and did not demonstrate litaracy readiness when they entered kindergarten.
The new curriculum program focuses on integrating STEAM (science, technology engineering, art and math) opportunities into core instruction through the use of project-based learning.
The school board meets at 7 p.m. at the Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave.