District 25 Praises Student Performance on Achievement Tests

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Byline: Carmen Greco Jr. Daily Herald Staff Writer

Whether it's called the Illinois Goals Assessment Program or the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, students in Benjamin Elementary District 25 usually perform well on state achievement tests.

This year was no different as school officials trumpeted high student performance on the new ISAT tests, which are replacing IGAP as the state's yardstick for student achievement.

"The scores that stand out are our math scores, and it's because that has been an emphasis in the district for a number of years," said school board member Lee Gerwin.

School officials are still becoming familiar with the new tests, which quizzed third-, fifth- and eighth-graders in math, reading and writing.

The new test does not compile numerical scores but lists percentages of students who either met, exceeded or fell behind new state achievement standards.

"We thought we did very well," said Benjamin Middle School Principal Greg Kane. "Our basic conclusion is that our students still do real well in state testing. …