Dist. 94 Students Score High in Social Studies

By Griffin, Jake | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 16, 2004 | Go to article overview
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Dist. 94 Students Score High in Social Studies


Griffin, Jake, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Jake Griffin Daily Herald Staff Writer

Officials at West Chicago's Community High School weren't surprised by most of the results of the Prairie State Achievement Exam, but they were a tad perplexed by the social science scores.

While nearly half of the juniors who took the test last spring fell into the academic warning or below standards category for reading, writing, math and science, only 38 percent were struggling with social sciences.

"We have spent a lot of time analyzing these scores," said District 94 Superintendent Lee Rieck. "It's somewhat more mixed than last year because they scored a little higher in social studies."

The district serves a large number of students whose primary language was something other than English. Administrators expected the social science scores to fall in line with reading and writing scores, "because of the comprehension aspect," Rieck said.

Nearly 11 percent of the school's population has limited English proficiency, compared to the state's 6 percent.

"We have so many programs that specifically focus on achievement and closing achievement gaps, and so while I'm really about those, they will never be reflected in test results," Principal John Highland said.

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