12 District #7 Schools Earn Commendable 2023 Designations

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the annual Illinois Report Card at www.illinoisreportcard.com. The Report Card shows how schools are progressing on a wide range of educational goals.   

One component of the School Report Card is the annual summative designation – a descriptor of how well our schools are meeting the needs of all students. The designations recognize schools with strong overall performance across a range of academic and student success indicators. There are five designations a school can receive – Exemplary, Commendable, Targeted Support, Comprehensive Support, or Intensive Support.  

Of District #7’s 13 schools, 12 received a COMMENDABLE designation by the State of Illinois, including Edwardsville High School, Liberty Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, Albert Cassens Elementary, Columbus Elementary, Worden Elementary, Glen Carbon Elementary, Goshen Elementary, Hamel Elementary, Leclaire Elementary, Midway Elementary and Nelson Elementary. Woodland was designated as TARGETED. ISBE has indicated Woodland’s designation is based on the achievement gap between special education students and regular education students.   

  Areas that stood out on this year’s School Report Card include:  

  • Each District #7 school received the full amount of points for proficiency in ELA and Math. 
  • Chronic Absenteeism, one of the priorities that District #7 developed for 2023-2024, was one of the areas that no school received the full amount of points. District #7’s chronic absenteeism is 23 percent, whereas the state average is 28.3 percent.
  • Teacher retention improved from 89.7 percent last year to 93.9 percent this year. 

The Illinois Report Card provides the school community with an opportunity to reflect on last year’s strengths and discuss areas for continuous improvement. District #7 believes every single student can meet high expectations and that parents/caregivers and community members are a critical partner in each child’s education.  

View the district’s complete Illinois Report Card data at www.illinoisreportcard.com.