District 94 Seeing Fruits of Improvement Plan Progress in Student Skill Levels, Participation and Attitude Just the Beginning, Some Say
Hitzeman, Harry, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Harry Hitzeman Daily Herald Staff Writer
West Chicago District 94 leaders Tuesday waded through results from the initial year of the Community High School's three-year improvement plan, saying there's been progress but still a long way to go.
"Our goal is to have everybody reading skillfully, have everybody actively participating and have everybody acting with character," said Tom McCann, assistant principal for curriculum and instruction.
A team of students, teachers, administrators and community members launched the plan at the beginning of the 2003 school year. Overall, students responded favorably in a survey about attitudes toward each other, which gave board members reason to hope that the entire school could learn value and respect.
For example, 76 percent of students said they believe teachers are kind, friendly and care about them as a person. The same percentage of students also said their opinions and beliefs are respected by teachers and other staff members. However, disciplinary incidents increased from 1,341 in the 2002-03 school year to 1,669 in 2003-04, an increase of nearly 25 percent.
An in-house assessment of freshmen, sophomores and juniors showed growth in reading comprehension, drawing logical conclusions and interpreting the theme. …