| Dec 7, 2013
| 5:26 PM
Nathan spent many days of first grade not at school but on a pier selling fish with his older brother. He missed 86 days, or almost half of the 180-day school year.
His younger sister Nikki once was found walking along a busy road, pushing their baby...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:20 AM
DAYTON, Ohio Krista Hooten saw "terror" in her daughter's eyes as they started back-to-school shopping for seventh grade.
Her daughter, Kelsey, had been bullied the previous year. It started emotionally: Other girls called her ugly and spread rumors...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 3:32 PM
Maryland fourth- and eighth-graders scored slightly lower in math on a national test than two years earlier, though the state's pass rates still remain among the best in the country, according to data released Thursday.
"I was pleased that we are...
| Nov 5, 2013
As parents in the Tri-Cities begin to digest the declining scores on statewide exams, school officials say the numbers don't reflect a key marker – whether schools are adequately preparing kids for college.
According to the school report card data...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 11:35 AM
From the Skokie School District 69 Web site, an announcement about Illinois' new state report card:
"Illinois' new state school report card officially launches today. The new report card paints a more complete picture of the learning environment at...
| Nov 4, 2013
With Illinois public schools on the cusp of becoming "majority minority," suburban districts that were once overwhelmingly white are adjusting to their rising Latino enrollment with changes in curriculum and culture.
The newly released 2013 Illinois...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:50 PM
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 saw scores for many students drop in the recently-released Illinois State Board of Education school report cards for 2012-2013, and like districts across the state is struggling to help parents understand.....
| Nov 12, 2013
| 2:15 PM
A change in Illinois standards caused a drop in Oak Park's standardized test scores this year, with the most significant changes among low-income students, minority students and students with disabilities.
The state raised standards in reading and...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 10:39 PM
The push to toughen state exams for Illinois grade school students triggered widespread drops in 2013 scores, with hundreds of schools in some of the state's poorest communities seeing performances plunge, test results show.
But some schools in affluent...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 9:23 AM
Visit an elementary school at 10 a.m. in the middle of the week for a third-grade dance festival and you'll be lucky to find viewing space on the playground as you stand among parents with cellphones and iPads deployed in order to record the event.
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:49 AM
Earlier this year, educators throughout Illinois braced for more rigorous standardized testing that would likely show plunging passing grades. Now that school report card data is available from the state, near northwest suburbanites are getting their...