Just over half of D65 students meet college readiness benchmarks

MAP scores show 61% of Evanston District 65 students meeting college readiness benchmarks in English, and 55% meeting them in Math, according to a report to be reviewed by the school board Monday night

The 2018-19 Achievement and Accountability Report shows scores from Measures of Academic Progress, an online assessment tool administered each spring, that vary widely across demographic groups, with 83% of white students meeting those benchmarks in English compared to 33% of black students, 38% of Hispanic students, and 18% of students with IEPs.  

A similar discrepancy exists in Math scores, with 78% of white students meeting college readiness benchmarks, compared to 21% of black students, 34% of Hispanic students and 13% of students with IEPs. 

MAP College Readiness Benchmarks identify students considered to be “on-track to meet College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT” and includes students in grades 3-8.

The report also shows that 56% of students made expected gains in English Language Arts and 55% made expected gains in Math last year according to MAP scores.

These aggregated scores do not indicate the percentage of students who are performing at grade level. They simply indicate whether students meet or exceed individual growth targets on NWEA’s MAP test and are “making expected gains.” According to the report, “a student’s expected gains are based on the ‘typical’ growth of students who have similar prior assessment results.”

MAP scores across the district have generally been consistent for the past few years, varying by a few percentage points up or down. For ELA, 56% of students made expected gains in 2018-19, 59% in 2017-18 and 53% in 2016-17. The percentages for Math were 55% in 2018-19, 64% in 2017-18 and 56% in 2016-17.

There was not much variation in the percentages of students making expected gains across various demographic groups, or low-income students. English language learners or students with IEP.

The report also shows a consistent decline in kindergarten readiness, based on the Illinois Snapshot of Early Literacy, from 60% considered "kindergarten ready" in 2016-17 to just 49% in 2018-19.

The District 65 school board meets at 7 p.m. at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave. 

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